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« on: August 07, 2009, 01:14:36 pm »
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I miss living in Utah and hope to move back some day. while cleaning my office and coming across a some papers and a few things, I decided to share a vague and brief story about one of my visits to the Henry Mountains, which have fascinated me for years with its rich and mysterious history and stories told to me by my grandfather before he passed. I?ll say now I?ll be a bit vague as I planning to return to the locations soon and hope to find them as they were left.

It was some time ago back in the 90?s on a trip with my folks to Utah to visit family and spend a few days checking out some possible sites of interests in the Henry?s. I love trekking around in the Henrys and the day was perfect for it. Following the information we were provided, we made a good and sometimes difficult trek to the spot. After searching the general area for bit we came upon a stack of stones just like we were told there would be. Knowing who was to have built it, we knew it had been there for some time. I was surprised upon further investigation to find a rusty old can still tucked away, very well, inside the rocks. I was ecstatic and hoped to find the can filled with nuggets or further clues or directions. I carefully removed the can not to disturb the stones and as I picked it up I was a bit disappointed as it was not nearly as heavy as I had hoped. I carefully opened the top trying not to damage the fragile can. Inside was not a treasure of value but a piece of paper well rusted by the can over the years from the moisture that had made it inside, though the can was still intact and still well sealed. Small bits of words could still be made out, and could see some pencil marks, but couldn?t make them out as the rust had taken them over. Some of the printed words I was able to still make out though. The dashes are what I would think to be incomplete words.

?Department of U.S. Geological, ------cap----, ------- cone division, locally, charge, remarks, and date which looked like Oct, 22, 15?.

1915 seems like a long time for it to last but I guess it is possible. I have reason to believe 1915 could be a correct date as this person was doing some geological work in the Henrys around this time according to what I was told. I would love to be able to read the whole thing but that time passed long ago. Was it directions to something found, a short not to the finder, or simply a personal marker of some sort with intentions to return? If the person had meant to not return for sometime one would think a glass jar would have been a better choice for the elements.

Though no riches were found on that trip, finding it was a treasure in itself to me. Following the directions of the builder from long ago it was an amazing feeling to find it still there. Years have passed quickly sense that day and time can get short, but I look forward to revisiting the location for some further searching and exploration of other places, this time with a metal detector. I think there is much history and finds to still be made in the Henrys. Attached is the picture of the can and paper inside. Does anyone where one could find the type of slips they may have used during that time? I thought of asking the BLM in Hanksville or USGS for information about the slip but don?t trust or like involving the government in such matters. I know what they do to these places.

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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2009, 10:40:00 am »
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Onion;

Interesting, it looks like an old type baking powder can.

At one time, it was common practice to use rock cairns, with a can and note, in the cairn. Some times it was for surveying, and some times it was for claim staking.

When I first got interested in mining the cairns were still in use, here, but it went to cairns, with posts and tags then just posts and tags, now you dont even need tags.

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