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cache type Mile Marker 45 - Shire Town Frederick cache size

by tossedsalad
(Finds: 0  Score: 0)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 3)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 39° 24.844'   W 077° 24.511'
This may not be the actual cache coordinate.
Frederick,   Maryland   21701
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 20 Apr 2007
Waypoint (Landmark): N02541
Open Cache:  Unrestricted
Cache type:  Multi-Part
Cache size:   Normal

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

Misc: Drinking water available. There are restrooms (water closets) available Disabled access. Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!

Nothing special about this cache except for the very busy environment. Please be cautious to avoid detection by muggles. The container is on the small side of regular. Larger Travel Bugs will not fit.

Unmetered curbside parking can be found at N39 24.838 W77 24.384.

Maps are queued for generation.
Additional maps for this cache available at: topozone.com logo    mapquest.com logo

I have been thinking of how to provide a Mile Marker cache at this location for some time. Now that the Carrol Creek project is completed more nearby area is available for hides. When redlights asked for volunteers to place caches in the Shire Town series, I thought I could kill two birds with one stone.

You can find other Shire Town caches at geocaching.com by searching on that name. You can find other Mile Marker caches (and learn more about the Mile Markers) by searching on... "Mile Marker". Many of these are subscriber only. You will need to know what a Mile Marker is in order to identify the first stage of the cache.

In parts of New England, they are known as a “shire town”, but most of us know them as “county seats.” In the United States, counties administer state or provincial law at the local level as part of the decentralization of state authority. So a county is an administrative division of a state and has no sovereign jurisdiction of its own. The county seat is an administrative center for that county.

The first petition to form this new county was entered into legislation in 1739. Benjamin Tasker, a former President of the Governors Council of Maryland, delivered the petition. This same Benjamin Tasker was given the land grant on which Fredericktown was laid out. Frederick County was created in 1748 from parts of Prince George's County and Baltimore County. In 1776, Frederick County was divided into three parts. The westernmost portion became Washington County, named after George Washington, the easternmost portion became Montgomery County, named after another Revolutionary War general, Richard Montgomery. The central portion remained Frederick County. In 1837 a part of Frederick County was combined with a part of Baltimore County to form Carroll County. The current extents of Frederick County are largely defined by the Mason and Dixon line and the Potomac River to the North and South respectively and the South Mountain ridge and Parr's ridge to the West and East respectively. Parr's ridge separates the highland and lowland portions of the Piedmont plateau in which most of Frederick County sets.

Frederick County was quickly settled after March of 1732 when a proclamation declared special land prices and taxes for settlers. A large part of the settlers of the land were Palatines from Germany spreading south from Pennsylvania. A group was called the "Irish" by the locals and the history books were actually Scots/Irish who were also known as the Ulster Scots. The Scots/Irish migrated towards the highlands of Frederick County and Washington County, Maryland. In small groups, they also lived in the German communities of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. To this day Frederick County has strong ties to other German and Irish communities.

To seek this cache you must find the Mile 45 Marker on the Old National Pike in downtown Frederic, MD within 200 feet of the coordinates listed for this cache. You must measure the *exact* coordinates and then make a projection. Project a waypoint 500 feet on a bearing of 210 degrees referenced to true North. The final stage is a small plastic container (not micro) painted to blend in with the surroundings.

The hide itself is only a 1 difficulty, but I am only giving approximate coordinates for the start so you will have to find the mile marker and then make a measurement for the start of the projection. When I rechecked the coordinates, I found that they would vary widely ~70 ft (urban canyon). But you should still have little trouble finding this cache as there are not many places for it to hide. The "new" Carol Creek is not especially conducive to hides of anything other than micros, but I managed to find a spot for a small cache. It is big enough for small TBs and pretty much any geocoins. I just don't like hiding micros with no stash.

Potentially very high muggle activity may make the cache retrival and replacement quite hard. Early morning is likely the best time, but I found that there are different types of people in the area at nearly any time of day. So this might be best hunted in foul weather.

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



Clues:    decode

  • First and only real clue. 
    Zl ynpx bs n unvephg znqr zr ybbx engure ohful>

  • If all else fails... 
    Nfx fbzrbar ubj gb qb n cebwrpgvba


NoteAdd a Log Entry

CACHE LOGS - May contain hints(spoilers)!    decode

I found it! 09 Oct 2011 by  DudleyGrunt  (Finds: 41  Score: 115.5)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 46)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

2984. Well, this time, I found myself on the right side after closely reading the cache page and checking something on my phone. My projection seemed to take to the wrong side, both times, I've tried this.

Checked the right spot once I was there, but didn't notice it, since I was trying to be aware of muggles (lots of them on this beautiful afternoon) and didn't want to be too obvious. Checked another spot (very near by) and then went to get a Coke and parked myself back at the correct spot and was quickly able to grab it this time in a slick slight of hand that I don't believe attracted any attention.

Signed the logbook and checked the contents, while I enjoyed "the real thing". Turns out someone else was here, earlier, today. Probably a GC.com cacher, though.

Glad to log this on Navicache. Will post a Note at GC.

Since Friday, I've now logged caches on GC.com, OpenCachingUS, TerraCaching, GPSgames, and Navicache! That's how I like to roll.

Thanks and Happy Trails!

I couldn 23 Jul 2011 by  DudleyGrunt  (Finds: 41  Score: 115.5)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 46)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

No luck, today, after the Maryland Geocaching Society Summer Picnic. I'll be back.
[Modified 2011-07-24 20:07:28]

I found it! 30 Apr 2010 by  Kitakima  (Finds: 2  Score: 7.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I found this one almost a year ago using GC.com. Now that I have started an account on Navicache I am logging finds on crosslisted caches. TFTC

Note 11 Nov 2009 by  DudleyGrunt  (Finds: 41  Score: 115.5)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 46)
    Open Log:  Personal use only


Had hoped to stopped by this afternoon, but it was dark and raining by the time I was passing by and I also needed to be getting home. Another day.
[Modified 2009-11-12 08:56:54]

I found it! 19 Jul 2009 by  sfcchaz  (Finds: 45  Score: 129)    (Hidden: 1  Score: 3.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Made the trip out early to avoid muggles and the like on this beautiful day. Found the marker and made the projection. Found the cache in the first place I looked. Not too bad since I can only project in 'miles' with my GPSr. TNLN TFTC

I found it! 06 May 2007 by  THE DAM TROLLS  (Finds: 13  Score: 51.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

Tried finding this one way, but had to do it another. Put in the projection and we got to within 20' of the cache, found it easily once close. Fun to meet some other cachers here, sorry we did not get their names.

Thanks for the fun, THE DAM TROLLS


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