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cache type Historic Fort Hill Cache cache size

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by Paleoman
(Finds: 95  Score: 428)    (Hidden: 14  Score: 60)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 31.738'   W 078° 03.091'
Portageville,   New York   14536
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 13 Oct 2006
Waypoint (Landmark): N02683
Open Cache:  Unrestricted
Cache type:  Normal
Cache size:   Normal

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

Misc: Pets are allowed. No fees!


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This easy to find cache is designed to bring recognition to a very unique and intriguing Earthwork. On arriving at the Parking coordinates, walk around the gate and bear to the right. You will be walking on an old abandoned railroad bed to reach the cache.

Please be sure not to block the gate, or the roadway that the farmer uses to access his property when you park.

Suggested parking coordinates are: N42 31.803 W078 03.189

I wish to thank Mr Graham for giving permission for this cache to be placed near his property, and for allowing us to use his access road to the old railroad bed. His only condition for us is to be sure not to block his roadway or gate when parking your vehicle.

Now for a little history about the earthwork that you will see! This location was a very important place to the early Iroquoian people. A natural feature of the land was used by these people to defend themselves from attack. Along the Genesee River is a mound like area of land that rises approximately 125 feet above the river. During the times that the Iroquoian people lived there, a palisade wall was erected on top of this mound, and a ditch was dug around the outside the wall from the western side to the north/northeastern side to add more protection. There is a ramp shaped spur of land that leads up to the top of the mound and it is believed to be the entranceway to this prehistoric village site. In the middle of the hilltop is a circular pit that was once about 7 foot in diameter and is believed to have been used as a cache for storage. A few years ago the State of New York erected an historic marker along the road to bring attention to this unique area. I remember seeing this sign as a child but today it no longer exists. You are looking for a small medkit container filled with typical trade items. Once you find the cache, look across the marsh to the northeast and you will see Fort Hill. Please trade fairly! I have included for the first time, a one of a kind First Finders prize. I am giving to the FTF, an actual old Indian Arrowhead that I found not too far from this location. The type is a Brewerton Point and it is about 3000-4000 years old. The material it is made from is the typical Onondaga chert that was commonly used by native peoples in the western New York area. Please make sure that you hide the cache even better than you found it. So enjoy yourself and please let me know what you thought about this cache.

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



Clues:    decode

  • Clue- 
    Guvf vf gbb rnfl sbe n pyhr1

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I found it! 04 Sept 2009 by  Lucky46  (Finds: 6  Score: 25)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Okay, this one was a ways back too. Never too late they say. On this day I was caching with my old buddy Butterflyguy and he told me about this one, so we made the stop. Nice area and history. Thanks for putting this out.

I found it! 14 Oct 2006 by  Szuchie  (Finds: 146  Score: 577)    (Hidden: 5  Score: 26)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

P-Man this was a fantastic cache! I saw it had posted yesterday, but in all the rush I never plugged in the cords for the cache (so we did drive within 2 miles of it twice yesterday on our way to/from Osage!...hahahaha).
So this morning we decided to pop over on our way to the Letchworth Event and try this cache. Chicky and I have enjoyed each and every one of your hides so immensely that it's impossible to not want to head right out and experience a P-Man adventure. We arrived at the cache site a little after 9 am, and dove right in. This was a great walk along the old canal (something we have come to enjoy more and more as we have done your hides). As we walked in we enjoyed the lakes and marshland areas that sat along the trail - as well as the sounds of geese and ducks in the cool autumn air. What a superb cache moment.

When we arrived at ground zero, we spent a few minutes searching for this very well hid cache and finally - success! Great hiding spot - and cords were exceptional. We spent some time enjoying the sights, and talking about how we always enjoy caches such as this that show us unique, historical and interesting areas. Thank Ken for another great cache and we hope we get to work on your next one with you (because it sounds awesome!).



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