Geocaching in Tucson : First trackable, firefighters and John Dillinger

first geocaching trackable

tammy_b (@ttcm4geo on instagram) gave me this little travel bug. My very first one. Trackables are totally cool. You set a mission for your trackable like say where you want it to travel to or that you want it meet lots of cool people. When the trackable accomplishes the mission, it comes home.  People also log where and when they find the trackable and sometimes add other things like photos into their log. The log also keeps track of how many miles the trackable has traveled and shows you a minimap of it’s journey.

My firefighter trackable Mission: Galapagos Islands.

I asked that people talk about firefighter deeds (anything they do because they do a lot, not just fight fires) or famous fires in their area.

Here is a famous one in Tucson to start that I wrote in the trackable’s log

how firefighters helped to capture John Dillinger’s gang

1934 Congress Hotel Fire, Tucson, Arizona, USA

100 guests evacuated the hotel but when rescued, a couple men paid two firefighters $12 to bring down their luggage. The firefighters noted how heavy the bags were as they carried them down and handed them over.

Back at the station, reading True Detective, the firefighters saw that the two men were in John Dillinger’s gang and reported them to the police. Shortly thereafter the police were able to arrest the whole gang without a shot fired.

The luggage? machine guns, rifles, pistols, revolvers and bullet proof vests. No wonder it was so heavy! The police also recovered $26,000 which in 2018 would be worth $489,807.

Isn’t that a cool firefighter story? In your hometown, do you have a cool firefighter story to share?


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Geocaching t-shirt on Amazon by M. LaFreniere, Cactus Dreams
Use the links to the right to view the shirt depending on what country you’re in. Right now it’s only available in the USA, UK and DE Amazons.
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Also inspired by my experiences in geocaching, i have designed this t-shirt

US Amazon : Found it! series 1 geocaching t-shirt

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You can use the Amazon search bar to do any search at Amazon like I did today with “Dillinger Gang”.


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