Stewart's Crossing on the B&O Railroad - Second in a series of local railroad history caches.
The Baltimore and Ohio reached Martinsburg in May of 1842 and Cumberland in October 1842. The area around Stewart's Crossing was owned by Mr. J. W. Stewart who lived nearby. At one time, a set of cattle pens were located to the southwest of the crossing which served the railroad as they carried cattle to market. Cows were unloaded for feed and water then reloaded to continue their journey to meat processors or ranches. The area of the pens now lies under the bridgework of the roadway (Tavern Rd.) that replaced the crossing that was taken out in September 2013. The State of West Virginia still holds the right of way which can be a great spot to watch passing trains from and as you look straight ahead after pulling down into the designated area, you are on the old bed of the road that originally crossed the tracks until 2013. Westbound (to the left) the tracks were more numerous years back with there being a lead to a moderate yard at Fawvers. The crossing strip is now blocked by concrete barricades. Approach the cache from the west side of the tracks only where it is easy to pull off the road and into the parking area. The cache is a small bottle with room for the log and not much else so BYOP. It is well away from railroad property and the road and there is no need to trespass to get to GZ. An FTF item will assist you if you've spent a hectic caching day! The difficulty level is a bit high for its type but at certain times, there can be more muggles than Christmas Eve at Wal-Mart!