Uncharted Lancaster: Pack 146 Bausman’s Hollow Adventure
Distance: 1.7 miles round trip.
What to bring: Appropriate footwear, the Cub Scout Six Essentials (flashlight, filled Water Bottle, whistle, first aid kit, sun protection, and trail food), and an Internet-connected device with GPS.
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If you have the sum of the Culvert, click here. If you want to learn more about Shenks Ferry continue reading.
Follow the trail past the stone abutments that mark the location where a narrow gauge railroad bridge once crossed Grubb Run. The railroad was used to transport ore from a nearby iron mine.
In addition to being the support for a railroad bridge, this structure may have also cradled a 6-inch diameter cast iron pipe that transported oil or natural gas all the way to Baltimore prior to 1900. If you peer closely at the top of the pillar you will notice a cutout area that would have supported the pipe. On the side opposite the trail, the end of the cast iron pipe is visible (depending on vegetation) from the bank about 12 feet above the water. The pipe’s opening lines up with the top of the stone pillar, which carried the line across the stream. Segments of the pipeline have also been found farther south in the river hills.
At exactly 12:42 pm on June 9, 1906, “the most horrible accident that has ever occurred in Lancaster County” according to the Lancaster New Era happened in the heart of Bausman’s Hollow. It was at that moment that 2,500 pounds of dynamite accidentally detonated. The explosion obliterated the building containing the explosive and tore the 11 men inside to pieces so small that ten were utterly unidentifiable. The blast also flattened many of the trees on the surrounding hillsides.
Culvert of the Atglen & Susquehanna
Once you arrive at the end of the trail, find the sum of the Culvert. This unlocks the location of the hidden letterboxed treasure. Click here when ready.
Enola Low-Grade Trail
Cutting through the southern end like a demarcation line is one of the greatest feats of engineering marvels in Lancaster County—the Atglen & Susquehanna (A&S) Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) or commonly referred to today as the Enola Low Grade. The goal of this ambitious project? Create a low-grade railroad line with no slope steeper than one percent and no curve sharper than two degrees.
Easier said than done.
Along the route, approximately 80 beautifully constructed culverts (like the one pictured below) and bridges of both steel and stone located above and below the railroad to span valleys, streams, and dirt roads were built. Many of these arches utilized massive 3′ X 3′ X 6′ to 8′ stones.
More Uncharted Lancaster Adventures Await
If you enjoyed this mini-Uncharted Lancaster Adventure you’ll love this full-sized one. Click here to learn more about Shenks Ferry and the connected adventure.