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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I Have Discovered Waymarking & it is FUN!

While looking up Geocaching places around here I found out about Waymarking. I was instantly attracted to the idea of hunting down landmarks and I can't wait to find something unique to add to the site. I wrote down all the ones in this area and off we went. The first thing we looked for was a sign about the Old Spanish Trail. Not much luck but after going back home and researching it more we thought we might have better luck. Sure enough we found it... the coordinates in the log was wrong so I took my picture and put in the right one. Old Spanish Trail US Highway 1 Beginning at St. Augustine and Extending Northerly to US 90 in Jacksonville and Westerly on U.S 90 to the Florida-Alabama Line then all the way to California. Designated by 1955Legislature of Florida.



The second one was a sign telling about the Site of the Ellicottes Observatory. At the end of the American Revolutionary War in 1783, Florida was returned to Spain after twenty years of British control. Controversy soon arose over the exact location of the boundary between Spanish Florida and the state of Georgia. In 1795, Spain and the United States signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo, an agreement fixing the boundary in question at the thirty-first parallel and providing a survey to be made to determine the exact location of that line. In May, 1796, President George Washington appointed Andrew Ellicott, a mathematician and experienced surveyor, as the American Commissioner for the survey. After much delay, work got underway in June, 1798. A party of Spanish and American surveyors carrying with them a large accumulation of apparatus required for making astronomical and land measurements began the task of determining the exact boundary line. By August, 1799, the group had reached the Chattahoochee River. On August 23, they selected a site near the mouth of the Flint River as a campsite. Near this marker, an observatory was set up. Here Ellicott made his calculations until difficultly arose with Indians residing in the area. On September 18, 1799, Ellicott abandoned the camp and departed for East Florida to complete the survey. These landmarks were right where they said it would be ~ Yay!!!



Then right in the middle of the town of Chattahoochee we found two more ~ at Heritage park. A train caboose ~ This Caboose was once a member of the Soo Line Railroad which was "the primary United States railroad subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP), controlled through the Soo Line Corporation, and one of seven U.S. Class I railroads." This Static display of this caboose is a landmark of the Town of Chattahoochee,Fla. The Park is a historical dedication to riverboats and the Apalachicola Northern Railroad Greensboro Depot Est. 1907 which once was the main source of commerce for this small town and The Fountain of the Living Water ~ while we were there I had to also include a mural painted on the wall and an old wagon....





Also there were 2 Woodsman of the World grave Markers at Mount Pleasant Cemetery right outside of town. We found them both right away with our GPS. The first one was Charles B. Johns Sr (1869 -1923) and the other was J.W. Shaw (1861-1926). To find out more about Woodsman of the World Grave Markers click here.



It was a fun day looking for these things and we really enjoyed the ride in the country looking for them. Begin having fun waymarking by registering at Waymarking.com.
Now this is something my honey & I will really enjoy....

Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!

10 comments:

Jim and Sandie said...

I had thought about registering on this site and then forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder. I think this would be a lot of fun to track down.

PEA said...

I'd heard of Geocaching but not Waymarking...that sounds like so much fun! I love any kind of treasure hunt:-) I'm going to look into it and see if there's anything like that around here.

I'd never heard of Woodsmen of the World grave markers either so I'm going to follow the link you left and read all about it:-) xoxo

Sue and Doug said...

so glad you found a new 'hobby' to go along with geocaching!!!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

My sharp eye detected that former Southern RR caboose behind the statue, both are very appealing to the eye. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

Elaine said...

what fun...we would hope to do that as a hobby someday when we are on the road....:)

Happytrails said...

I remember reading about Waymarking when I was learning about Geocaching.
Perhaps I need to revisit this activity cause it sounds like a fun learning activity. I love history...

Janie and John said...

Sounds like a fun way to see "the sites" or shall we say the landmarks. I love that fountain.

Rick and Paulette said...

I've never figured out Geocaching so maybe I'll have to look up this Waymarking thingie and see what it's all about.

Mike McFall said...

Shucks, I'd never find the time to do that,,,we have so many hobbies now we can't keep up....Sounds like fun tho,,,,,,enjoy!!

meowmomma said...

that sounds interesting and challenging for an afternoons entertainment!

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