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Old Survey Equipment
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What's behind the wall? (READ the description!)
Some very strange things happened in the area many many years ago and this was the location where George's head was apparently found. This stone wall of the cave does not look natural and it is rumoured that there is a very large and deep cave system behind this wall that was sealed up for some reason.
I highly recommend that you read the following about what has been going on here in the past 50 years:
Back in the 1950s when the former town of Silver Creek was commissioned for expansion, it was decided to turn 8th Line into a 2 lane street and use it as a potential future regional highway to connect Georgetown and Acton. In addition to a regional highway (now Hwy 7 to the south), the plan was to eventually expand the town of Silver Creek by subdividing the land for future homes and also bring in sewage, hydro and phone service. At the time, 8th Line here was just an old unmaintained road that passed through the Scottsdale Farm property which was then owned by Stewart and Violet Bennett. The plans were drawn up and survey work began in the summer of 1958. On September 16, 1958 documents show that a crew of 4 surveyors were scheduled to work this portion of land here. They were signed in at the work trailer located within Silver Creek at the corner of 27th Sideroad and 7th Line (now known as Trafalgar Rd) at 7am and their supervisor indicated that they had left to start their work. Previous work logs indicated that they usually signed back in at the end of their work day at 4pm. By 5pm, the supervisor was making his rounds to lock up the work trailer and noticed that the men had not signed in at the end of their shift and the survey equipment was not at the trailer yet either. He proceeded to head down 27th Sideroad and over towards 8th Line where the men were scheduled that day to do their survey work. When he got there, the survey equipment was all set up still, but no one was to be seen. Looking around the area, he spotted the men's lunch boxes at the edge of the drop off, along with the survey book. He discovered their partially eaten sandwiches and some both half full and some knocked over cups of coffee and a canteen of water. Down the hillside from where it appears the 4 men were eating their lunch, was the work book. He scrambled down and retrieved it. There were several dozen entries in it for that day with the last one being at 11:54am. Nothing in the work book indicated anything unusual for that morning. The supervisor hurried back to the trailer and contacted the authorities as he knew something was not right. Together with the police, they went back to the survey point to look for clues. It was now well into the evening and dark. A full scale search would commence in the morning if the crew of 4 did not show up in the meantime. Morning arrived and word had gotten out about the disappearance of the 4 men. Along with both local and provincial police, fellow workers and also many of the area residents, a search began of the area. For the next 2 days they systematically searched the area within a 4km radius and some points beyond, but there was no sign of the 4 missing workers. Random searches of the area continued on and off for the next week, but everyone soon gave up hope. The 4 men simply vanished and were never heard from again. Police and newspaper reports show their names as Paul Edwards (age 47) of Hamilton, Udo Volkov (age 39) of Acton, Roger Ingram (age 35) of Hillsburgh and Eric Lapointe (age not specified) of Acton. Today they still remain in the Missing Persons files of the OPP. After the disappearance of the 4 men, work did not continue in the area and all plans for expansion were put on hold.
In September 1966 once again the authorities were called to the area. Local residents had reported the faint cries of what sounded like a child in trouble that could be heard in the still of the night on several occasions. Once again the police along with area residents combed the area to try and pinpoint where the cries were coming from. It didn't take long to narrow down the location of where the sounds were coming from as a number of local farmers had now also heard the cries and some said it was laughter and not crying, while yet others said it was voices. There were no reports of any missing children or persons. A long narrow shaft was discovered, possibly an old well or some kind of vent. Several of the people that day indicated that they could hear voices and murmurs from the shaft that they discovered. The shaft was large enough for a child to fall into, but for an adult it would be a very tight fit. The shaft was described as approximately 1 foot in diameter at its opening and descended deep into the ground. The searchers, now turned rescuers, called down into the shaft to the voices they heard, and other than some murmurs every so often, the sounds from below eventually stopped. A light was lowered on a rope, but nothing could be made out below. A camera with lights was also lowered
Umtanum homestead apple pie
Homestead apple pie:
Many thousands of years ago a small creek, like it does today, flowed into a clear cold river running through a dry desert canyon. This small creek side canyon provided a home for a variety of plants and animals and was a popular feeding and nesting place for birds.
In recent history, say the last ten to fifteen thousand years ago, man arrived. The small side canyon to the big river cabin was a place to hunt, fish, and gather berries. Later the earliest people to utilize the small canyon acquired Spanish horses, through trade with other Native Americans.
They developed their own sturdy breed of horses that were best suited to both the dry desert of Eastern Washington and the forests of the nearby Cascade Mountains. The tribe of people would late become known as the Yakama Indians.
In 1906, when the infamous Dr. Frederick Cook (who faked being the first man to summit Mt. McKinley [Denali] in Alaska), wanted sturdy horses for his early explorations around Denali, he selected Yakama Indian horses, which he called Cayuse horses, and had then taken by ship to Alaska.
In the mid 1800s the white settlers arrived in the land of the Yakama. They came first as Catholic missionaries but soon settlers followed. In 1855 the inevitable Indian war with the Yakama took place.
In the late 1800s the Yakama got a reservation south of the little canyon. It is beautiful fertile country with grazing land, farm land (75% of the United States hops are grown in the area), and timber land running up the east slope of Mt. Adams and the Goat Rocks.
The railroad arrived in 1884. The Northern Pacific railroad ignored the existing town of Yakima and moved ten miles north to establish their own town (and profit from same). So the original inhabitants of Yakima put their town buildings on rollers and grudgingly moved them north to what the railroad called NORTH Yakima. The original town of Yakima, left behind, became known as Union Gap and still is (remember Gary Puckett and the Union Gap?).
Ridges, mountains, rivers, were surveyed, mapped and given names. Many kept their original Indian names and so it was with the little creek and the canyon that flows through it - - Umtanum Creek Canyon. [N46 51 19 W120 29 6].
Sometime in the early 1900s a few hardy souls built homes and farms in the little canyon. Then some of the settlers, looking to the future, not only planted gardens, that would give them food within a year, but they also planted orchards, that would give them fruit in years to come.
All traces of these early settlers are now gone (No buildings, no old fences, nothing but a few odd pieces of wagons or farm tools). But what does remain are their apple trees. Some, perhaps originals, and others descendents of the originals, but none watered or cared for.
So on a Friday morning (10.10.2008)solo hike up Umtanum Creek Canyon, past the old farm equipments and through what remains of old orchards, I made a connection with those original settlers, when I ate one of their apples as I hiked along.
I brought home more than a dozen apples from the tree I thought had the best tasting apples. I asked my wife to please bake me an apple pie with what I now call the homestead apples. She did. When I smelled the hot apple pie come out of the oven, I climbed out of bed, where I was reading a book, and grabbed my digital camera. I wanted to complete the link between Umtanum Canyon settler and me.
I took a few photos of the apple pie, knowing that the next day I would be treated to the taste of an apple pie, made possible by industrious forward thinking settlers. It doesn’t take much imagination as I sampled a slice of the pie, to think of how much joy the fruit from the same trees, must have brought to them..
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