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Remnants of Days Passed — Who Turned Out the Lights? Geocache Series (GC4QRT0) — Geocache of the Week

Derek H on April 23, 2014, 5:00 pm

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Go that way! Photo by geocacher BobbynAnjii Was Here

Go that way! Photo by geocacher BobbynAnjii Was Here

Geocache Name:

Who Turned Out the Lights? Geocache Series

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1.5/2–4

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

Dotting the United States are large concrete arrows. Some point East to West, others, North to South. Are these landing directions for UFOs? The answer has a little more history involved—all of which you can learn by finding geocaches in the “Who Turned Out the Lights?” series. Each geocache in the series is located at one of these abandoned beacons that were used to guide air mail pilots as they made their trans-continental journey. While many of the beacons are little more than ruins at this point, several still have light towers, concrete arrows and even small buildings. This series is another great example of how geocaches can be used as more than just a hobby—you can actually learn about the history of a location and earn a smiley at the same time!

# of Finds:

Varies by geocache

# of Favorite Points:

Varies by geocache

What geocachers are saying:

“We took off at the crack of dawn to get a few caches out east of our place today. This was the 2nd one we went for, and as usual with this series it did not disappoint. Us three agreed that it’s our favorite thus far. Another great description on the cache. Also, a great camo job on the container. We really want to get another in your series asap. Another favorite pt. from us to you. TFTH!!!” – BobbynAnjii Was Here

“OK. This was a committed drive but a fun adventure. I totally enjoyed both of these caches in this series and wish I had time to get them all. Bonus points for marking our Countries history!! Thank you for the adventure.” – Green Achers

“It is a very interesting series from our past and I am thankful that the geocache was placed to get me out here. Thanks again.” – macjohnnv

Photos:

 

Just follow the arrows. Photo by geocacher BobbynAnjii Was Here

Just follow the arrows. Photo by geocacher BobbynAnjii Was Here

Another arrow. Photo by geocacher Lazyts

Another arrow. Photo by geocacher Lazyts

One of the remaining beacon towers. Photo by geocacher Waldo62

One of the remaining beacon towers. Photo by geocacher Waldo62

This beacon was actually restored and is in use. Photo by geocacher Nitro929

This beacon was actually restored and is in use. Photo by geocacher Nitro929

What pieces of history have you discovered while geocaching? Tell us in the comments.

Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.

If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.

  • Cache&Cookies

    Hi there, this is great but I’d love for something which many cachers have requested to be addressed, I don’t know anywhere more to ask this, I’ve seen it on Twitter and the FB page so gonna try here. 2 things.

    1: The ability to filter finds/smileys on unlimited zoom out of the big map.
    In countries like Ireland where many of us have over 1000 caches, in order to truly admire our achievements on the map, we can only zoom out to x12 before the smileys become dots. Some of us are real addicts and would love to see how many are left in the country itself, same would apply to big cities without having to pull the screen in all directions. Please enable the Disable finds on full zoom out.

    2: The exclusivity of language specific caches: I for one, would love to go Geocaching in Germany, Spain etc.. (was fortunate with Portugal, Israel and Greece). Sadly, English is only a courtesy language in Geocaching and is up to the CO wether or not to include it in their cache or not. Google Translate is NOT accurate and definitely not something you want to rely on when you’re lost in the woods a million miles from home or hanging off a cliff on a D5T5 and unknown surprises can lead to danger in the higher D/T levels.
    English is the common language of the world even between 2 non English speakers (it’s not even my own mother tongue)
    So many places I’d love to cache in but can’t as I don’t understand the language with Google Translate not being an addon in my Garmin Dakota 20.
    Is there any way please that English will be a requirement for the sake of the billions of people around the world who don’t speak German or Spanish? If Paperless is the future then please encourage this instead of having to print off an entire vacation worth of translated caches, Please make Geocaching an inclusive hobby.

    Thank you in advance for any response you may provide.

    Cache&Cookies

  • Cache&Cookies

    To clarify point number 2: I’m not saying make it only English, just have English alongside the native language of the country.

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    1) Cache&Cookies is a pretty amazing geocaching name, and I’m now hungry.
    2) We’re always working on innovation, and the map you speak of is on the to-do list this year (sooner rather than later)
    3) Hmmm… we’ll have to noodle on this one. I’ve had this issue myself, but not sure requiring English usage is the best solution. We’ll think on how to approach this issue.

  • WVTim

    Great blog on these old towers. I actually have a cache at the base of one of these towers. Unbelievable timing, it was just about 2 weeks ago that I finally found out what the tower was for. Here in Martinsburg WV our tower is located in a Wildlife Management Area. I have searched and searched to try to find out it’s origin. Even to the point of asking older local residents and a visit to the historical society in our county searching for answers. Now I have a cache page to rewrite !!! : )

  • Cache&Cookies

    Hi Eric. Thank you so much for your prompt reply, again, I’m not saying remove all other languages, just make it so that another box is there for the English translation so the rest of the world can enjoy it :D Thanks again.

  • Empire

    Another great geocache is “Milans Groote Oorlog” (Milans Big War) (GC46G5E). It’s a geocache by RHCV in cooperation with the writer Patrick Lagrou who wrote the childrensbook Milans Groote Oorlog (Milans Big War). The story is based on true events and goes on during WW1. The same story is taken into the listing. People have to print the listing to live the live of Milan during the multicache that takes about 4-5 hours of your time. All the important places in the book are in real life to be visited by the geocacher during their adventure. At the end … they will find a very special cache-container. It’s full of electrical wires and you have to put the right buttons to their right location, etc … and the box opens.
    Milans Groote Oorlog is a true story … re-played by the geocaching adventurers.


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