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cache type Scattered Remains cache size

by Quest Master
(Finds: 105  Score: 511.5)    (Hidden: 45  Score: 210)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 39° 50.200'   W 079° 43.222'
Fairchance,   Pennsylvania   15436
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 17 Jan 2002
Waypoint (Landmark): N022B0
Open Cache:  Non-commercial use only
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

Difficulty: gps gps (easy)
Terrain: gps gps gps (moderate)

Misc: No drinking water! No restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is a challenge. No fees!

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This cache will be found amongst scattered remains.

I came across this place many years ago by accident when I got lost on the way to White Rocks. It is a really strange place to find way back in the woods. I half expected Rod Serling to walk out from behind a tree and tell me I had entered the Twilight Zone. I eventually figured out where I was and found my way back to my car but nobody believes my stories about this place. I’ll offer some directions and GPS coordinates so that you can go there to see it for yourself.

The cache is in the scattered remains of an abandoned industrial complex. It seems as though they pulled out of here in a hurry and left everything behind. There are numerous structures, rail lines, and other stuff spread out over this vast area of about 100 acres. I made a trip to the local library to see what I could find out about this place. I learned that the DuPont Company owned the site and that it produced gunpowder during the World Wars. It was an extremely dangerous place to work given that several men lost their lives in various accidents at the plant. There were three major explosions in the World War I era and at least one more during World War II. On the morning of November 20, 1942, two men who were packing silk bags of rifle powder into steel kegs were "blown to bits" in an explosion that rocked Fairchance and shattered the windows of nearby homes. Look for wooden structures filled with dirt along the sides of some of the buildings. These structures are ramparts designed to contain the blast in the event of an accident like this one. They must have worked as advertised because none of the other workers at the plant were seriously injured. I do not know why or when production at this facility ceased. I'm guessing that it had outlived its usefulness when the war ended and that was that for that. One can only wonder about what all this stuff was for and what this place might have looked like when the plant was in full operation.

Warning: Steer clear of the ruins as much as possible. The cache is not hidden in any ruins! There are bits of rusty metal, crumbling walls, and other unusual hazards in this area. Please be careful.

Directions: I know of no way to get into this area from Hopwood/Fairchance Road without crossing private property. Please do not attempt to get to the cache from this direction without first obtaining permission from the property owners. The only way that I know of to get to the Scattered Remains these days is to hike a complicated maze of trails from the unpaved road that goes to the Hi-To Club which is located on the outskirts of Farichance. Take Main Street to East Elm Street and turn right. Follow this road to an informal parking area near the Hi-To Club. Please use the following waypoints:

#1 39° 49.583', -79° 43.788' Trailhead
#2 39° 49.560', -79° 43.650' Turn Left
#3 39° 49.640', -79° 43.322' Turn Left
#4 39° 49.788', -79° 43.362' Turn Left
#5 39° 49.810', -79° 43.430' Turn Right
#6 39° 49.957', -79° 43.462' Wing It!

TRIGO: Three Rivers Informal Geocaching Organization

Clue decoding tables - Top letter or symbol decodes to bottom letter or symbol:

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
NOPQRSTUVWXYZABCDEFGHIJKLM

!"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>?
123456789:;<=>?@!"#$%&'()*+,-./

Clues:    decode

  • Clue 1 
    pyrne bar tnyyba cynfgvp pbagnvare uvqqra va oynpx cynfgvp cvcr va fznyy fghzc unysjnl orgjrra gjb sbhaqngvbaf

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Note 13 Aug 2011 by  CJ Crew  (Finds: 8  Score: 44.5)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 19)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Revisited this place to show it off to a friend who thoroughly enjoyed himself. The contatiner is there, the hiding place is there, but the lid and all the stuff were nowhere to be found. The remains are becoming more scattered all the time, walls have fallen down and the roof has collapsed on the one metal building that used to be pretty intact. Still a cool adventure in the woods.

I found it! 13 Sept 2008 by  geckogrl  (Finds: 5  Score: 23)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

dudelbug and I found this one back in 2004. We loved the fire hydrant back in the woods as well as all the other cool remains...looking forward to another...geckogrl

I found it! 22 Feb 2008 by  4MRnutz  (Finds: 31  Score: 156.5)    (Hidden: 12  Score: 53.5)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

Wow! I had been saving this cache for a special day, and with my brother quantumwatch home from Va. today was the day. This was our one and only find of the day because we wanted to have enough time to explore the entire area, and I'm glad we did. We parked at the Hi To Club pull off, and followed your way points to this cool area. I'm really glad you marked all the turns, because it could get a little confusing up in there! Once we got close to the "area" and the first structure presented itself through the fog, I knew we were in for a great time exploring. There were so many things to see, we almost forgot that there was a cache to look for! The cache was found, and it was in good shape. We didn't make any trades, but we signed the log and put it back into it's spot. We continued to explore on our way back out, it's amazing how much is here. I'm sure we probably missed some stuff, but I'm sure we will be back again sometime. Thanks!

I found it! 13 Oct 2007 by  pigspotter  (Finds: 6  Score: 31)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 4)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Blazin'R and I, along with our dog Kos, went on a trip this weekend to seek quality caches, which we christened our 'Tour de Cong'. It's worth an overnighter since there are so many outstanding caches down in these mountains. We've wanted to do the Fairchance Three for a long,long time so we decided to start Day 1 of the tour with them. (We figured these hikes would put the hurtin' to us, so thought it best to start fresh with them...) After eyeballing the jeep road, we (not having high clearance)parked at the Hi-To club and hoofed it on in. Right off the bat, we spooked out a small buck. Then a little farther along, saw a grouse. Also , along the trail, we found a nice new Stanley tape measure that must've been dropped recently. Blazin'R was pleased with that score! The directions were perfect & next thing we knew, we were amongst the ruins. Really cool! My favorite was the big stack - it really looked strange poking up all of a sudden out of the woods. We had fun exploring and finally made it to the cache. Found it fine & in good shape. Wondered what the building next to it was for. I took the geocoin & left a portable dog bowl. This was a great cache - I knew it would be! Very interesting & kinda creepy. We plotted out our route to "Polly" and off we went again. (con't. on "Polly Takes the Plunge") Thanks for the cool cache & for bringing us out here!
[Modified 2007-10-15 08:07:53]

I found it! 23 Jun 2007 by  AndyShissler  (Finds: 38  Score: 190)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 30)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

7:48AM -- #1 of 9 in the QuestMaster Cache Marathon today. How many QuestMaster caches can you do in one day? Today I started with the Fairchance 3. Kinda creepy back there at the ruins, but quite interesting. I think I spotted where the railroad came in and I bet the large concrete foundation next to it was a warehouse. This would be an interesting place to make a movie. TFTC! Left Geocoin.

I found it! 25 Oct 2006 by  Klatch  (Finds: 16  Score: 76.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Updating my account.
This was the second cache in our western PA caching adventure. After finding Part 2 of Polly Takes the Plunge, we headed over to find this cache. Since we were already fairly close to one of the coordinate sets provided by the owner, we headed that direction. The journey was pretty straightforward from that point on and we soon arrived at ground zero. The cache was an easy find, Vertumnis soon had it in hand. Exploration of the remains was most interesting! You look at all the work that went into an area like this and marvel that it is gone in such a relatively short time. It lets you know how fleeting are man’s accomplishments. The fall foliage provided a nice backdrop for the search and I have included some pictures. Archers may want to take note of the buck scrape in one photo. Thanks for another great adventure and I took nothing, left nothing and signed the log.
[Modified 2007-09-01 10:06:52]

I found it! 29 Jul 2006 by  Mooman56  (Finds: 35  Score: 162)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 16)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Found this one at 12:30 PM today while caching with JimBat.
We decided to do the "Fairchance Three" today and had a blast doing them! Found Cache Twenty-Two earlier and did this one before finishing up Polly Takes The Plunge.
Man, this one was neat!
We kept finding more and more things to look at.
The remains are definitely scattered all over these woods!
Would have loved to see this place while it was still operating.

After looking around at the ruins for a long time, we decided to look for the cache.
Found it well hidden and in good shape.
I took a poker chip with pheasants on it and left a bumble bee keychain. We signed the log and rehid the cache well.

Never knew this place was here, but, we will, without a doubt, be back to look around when we have more time and aren't so tired!

I really enjoyed this one!
Thanks, QM!

I found it! 25 Jun 2006 by  docditto  (Finds: 13  Score: 57)    (Hidden: 2  Score: 8)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Found this one previously but only logged it on that other web site. Logging it as found here to get my account on this site up to date.

I found it! 20 Nov 2005 by  Lj  (Finds: 29  Score: 135)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

Just going back and getting some previous find out of the way.

I found it! 06 Aug 2005 by  K SQUARED  (Finds: 18  Score: 90)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

5:05 PM. We were out with muggles again today: Kevin and his sons Chris and Sean. The plan on becoming geocachers! We parked at the HI-TO Club lot. THe owner came out and asked us what we were doing there. We told him and he was OK with it. He just showed us the rattlesnake he killed yesterday. Shot it 3 times with his .22. Warned us about rattlers and copperheads. I learned that if you're in the woods in copperhead coutry and you smell cucumbers, watch out, you are real close to a copperhead nest. Well, we did not see any snakes on our way to this cache. We went a little different way in, following the suggestion of a local. We had to do some very mild bushwacking until we got to the trail. This is a really cool area. The structures were all so different. The lake was beautiful, bordered with red flowers and butterflies. Heard some pretty big bullfrogs too. The cache is in great shape. Watch out for the skull! T: green frog, spooky glasses, chicken toy and pipecleaner hairband. L: purple hair tie, 2 army guys, geocaching.com compass keychain, mini-helicopter. Thanks Johnny!

I found it! 26 Jun 2004 by  Nellsnake  (Finds: 69  Score: 316.5)    (Hidden: 12  Score: 62.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

4th of 6 Quest Master cache adventures in the Fayette-Cong for me today, while the rest of the Nellsnake team was out of town for the weekend. After a filling meal at Pechin’s, I felt ready to tackle the Fairchance Three. I pulled into the parking area near the Hi-To Lounge at 3:30 p.m. and made my way to the cache without a hitch following the series of waypoints given on the cache page. Going by the lake, I felt very conspicuous as I passed by a large group of locals who were hanging out fishing and riding their ATVs about with music blasting. Shortly thereafter, I came across my first of the scattered remains, which was quite impressive. A bit further, and I was at the cache area, where I was able to sniff out its hiding spot quickly. I TNLN and signed the logbook at 4:00 p.m. I explored one of the nearby remains for a bit before heading most of the way back. My adventures continued as I took on Cache 22 and Polly Takes the Plunge. Thanks for the fun, QM!

I found it! 04 Oct 2003 by  Kordite  (Finds: 17  Score: 76.5)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 5)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

Set out from Base Camp (Cache Bash in the Fayette Cong, GCGW49) late because it was raining and cold overnight. It was still raining but it wasn't too cold once I got moving and my new boots kept my feet dry.

I arrived at a large ruin near the cache coordinates at just the time it started to rain heavily. I wouldn't have expected QuestMaster to hide the cache in the building itself but since it was raining hard I took the opportunity to poke around anyway.

Now, back in April when I was looking for another of QuestMaster's caches (Layton Place, GCED33) I found a deer carcass on my way to stage one. There was another carcass at stage two. Sure enough, inside the structure here were the scattered remains of a deer. So, what it it with QuestMaster's caches being placed near dear corpses? Does he choose to place his caches where deer have died or do the deer seek out his caches, like some sort of mystic dying ground? Maybe it's better not to ask such questions.

Anyway, the rain let up a little and I went out again and found the cache. (It's not in the building so be safe and don't go poking around like I did. You might end up like the deer.)

The VaxCave brothers showed up as I was closing up so I quickly re-hid the cache and rand down behind the building so as not to give it away. They offered me a ride in Marshall's jeep to my second objective for the day; Polly Takes the Plunge (GC34FB).

One of my reasons for wanting to do this cache was because my ghew wamwI' travel bug had been sitting in Scatered Remains for a long time and I wanted to move it on. I didn't see it inside, but I had forgotten to make a good search. If anyone sees it there, please pick it up or at least let me know if it's there or not.

I found it! 06 Apr 2003 by  MARSHALL  (Finds: 14  Score: 72.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

13:00hrs. Had to do a Questmaster Cache to really get back into the swing of Geocaching this spring. So while on the way to do a Maintenance run for GCCFB we stopped by here. Only to discover that we've been here once before to do GC34FB just seems we did not have the coords at that time. We were able to shorten our hike and had time to explore the ruins too. DuPont aren't they the chemical people? All the vegetation seems normal and no three eyed birds around so they must not have spilled anything. We left a few trinkets and exchanged key-chains. Dropped off one of the Quest Troops Travelers too. Good & Safe Caching to all who Follow


 

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