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Who Was Colonel Gateway? - OU018D

 Small patch of wilderness in suburbia.

Hidden by  DudleyGrunt

N 39° 10.714' W 76° 47.520' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Maryland
 Cache Type: Traditional
 Size: Normal
 Status: Ready for Search
 Time: 0:30 h   Distance to Travel: 0.40 mi
 Date Hidden: 28 April 2010
 Date Created: 28 November 2010
 Last Modified: 02 August 2011
 Waypoint: OU018D


{{found}} 2 x Found
{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
{{comment}} 1 Comments
0 Notes
0 Watchers
2998 Visitors
1 x Rated
Rated as: N/A
GeoKrety History

Available Maps: Opencaching,Google Maps

Cache Attributes

Big Rig Friendly Ticks Snakes Thorns Poison Plants In the Woods Listed on OCNA Only 

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Description   EN   

Colonel Gateway?

So, who exactly was Colonel Gateway and why does he have a road named after him in this part of Howard County?

The fact that he (or his namesake road) appears in the company of Benjamin Franklin, Robert Fulton, Lee DeForest, Eli Whitney, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell suggests that Colonel Gateway was considered to be brilliant scientist / inventor.

Unfortunately, no one seems to really know the truth (or his actual first name) and it may be lost to history. However, there are a number of theories, including...

1) He was an officer in the American Revolutionary War a close friend of John Eager Howard, for whom the county is named.
2) He was a second cousin and close friend to James Rouse, the developer of Columbia.
3) One fringe theory states that in the 1930's he was actually researching parallel universes on his farm in rural Howard County and was in the process of attempting to breach the boundaries and ended up vanishing, along with most evidence of his existence.

Whatever you believe about Colonel Gateway, I hope you'll enjoy an excuse to take a little walk in a strip of wooded land among the office buildings.

Your walk to the cache may well include a couple of creek crossings.

DO NOT attempt to access from the MD-175 / I-95 ramp.

Be sure to collect the Log Password from the cache - on the inside of the lid.

The Creek Be Careful

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Additional Waypoints

 Symbol   Type   Coordinates  Description
Parking AreaN 39° 10.882'
W 76° 47.845'
 Suggested parking. Take the walk through the woods, along the stream. You could park elsewhere and cheat yourself of the enjoyable walk, but I'm not responsible for that. 


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Log Entries    {{found}} 2x {{not_found}} 0x {{comment}} 1x      New Log Entry

1 21 August 2011 cycleangela Found it

After checking on some of my nearby caches, I finally made my way over to this one to make the find. I was in this area a while back, and wanted to try, but that was during the winter, and didn't really want to take my chances with the creek crossings at the time. Once I got to GZ, I put the GPS away and the mind shortly thereafter. Thanks for the cache and the walk!

3 29 November 2010 DudleyGrunt Comment

Given the news that is scheduled to shut down on 31 Dec 2010 AND the fact that I just added this cache to, I archived the TC listing and this is now and OCUS ONLY cache.

1 28 November 2010 sfcchaz Found it

Laughing FTF Laughing 8:46 AM. As this was my second time here, the find was easy. I already visited the cache when it was listed as a terracache.

I took the pathtag and left my personal pathtag. TFTC