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Near Viola in Clackamas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Original Stash

 
 
Original Stash Marker image. Click for full size.
September 5, 2003
1. Original Stash Marker
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Original Stash
First Geocache placed here.
May 3, 2000
N 45 17.460 W 122 24.800

 
Erected 2003.
 
Location. 45° 17.46′ N, 122° 24.8′ W. Marker is near Viola, Oregon, in Clackamas County. Marker can be reached from South Fellows Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Estacada OR 97023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Viola School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Harold E. Babcock (approx. 3.9 miles away); Dr. Forbes Barclay (approx. 10.4 miles away); McLoughlin House (approx. 10.4 miles away); Eva Emery Dye (approx. 10.4 miles away); The Vietnam Monument (approx. 10.4 miles away); McCald Building (approx. 10.5 miles away); OK Barber Shop (approx. 10.6 miles away).
 
Regarding Original Stash.
Original Stash Marker location image. Click for full size.
March 22, 2007
2. Original Stash Marker location
On May 3, 2000, a five-gallon bucket was placed right at this very spot by Dave Ulmer, containing a Delorme Topo USA and 2 CD Roms, a cassette recorder, a "George of the Jungle" VHS tape, a Ross Perot book, four $1 bills, a slingshot handle, and a can of beans. The coordinates were then listed on the Internet and modern-day Geocaching was born.

First to find that first geocache was Mike Teague, who took the money and left some cigarettes, a cassette tape and a pen.

The original bucket was severely damaged by an Oregon Road Crew mower and is no longer around. In September 2003, dedicated geocachers recognized the importance of that original geocache and dedicated this Original Stash Tribute Plaque on behalf of geocachers everywhere. When the plaque was being placed, the original can of beans, rusted and twisted, but none the less still retaining a few beans was recovered from out of the ground.

In keeping with geocaching tradition, there is still a logbook to sign at this location, as well as an ammo can for trade items.
 
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Dave Ulmer dedicating the Original Stash Tribute Plaque image. Click for full size.
September 6, 2003
3. Dave Ulmer dedicating the Original Stash Tribute Plaque
Dave Ulmer, the originator of Geocaching and owner of the original stash, at the placing of the Original Stash marker.

1. Original Stash Tribute Plaque Geocache. (Submitted on October 24, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. A nearby Geocache commemorating the Original Stash. (Submitted on October 24, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
3. The Original Can of Beans Travel Bug. The Original Can of Beans was placed in the "Original Stash" by Dave Ulmer (the Inventor of Geocaching and the hider of the first cache) back in May of 2000. (Submitted on October 24, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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Original Stash Marker image. Click for full size.
September 7, 2003
4. Original Stash Marker
Taken when the forms were removed after setting the plaque. The remains of the "original can of beans" is at the upper right corner of the plaque.
Original Stash Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 14, 2008
5. Original Stash Marker
A more recent picture of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,666 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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