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Schroeder's Pants Cave
Buttonhole Cave
Location Goodell Corners, New York
Coordinates 43°6′6″N 74°49′45″W / 43.10167°N 74.82917°W / 43.10167; -74.82917Coordinates: 43°6′6″N 74°49′45″W / 43.10167°N 74.82917°W / 43.10167; -74.82917

Schroeder's Pants Cave is a cave located by Goodell Corners in Herkimer County, New York. It was initially explored in the 1950s by Herbert W. Schroeder and George A. Buck, teachers at the high school in Dolgeville, NY, and named for Mr. Schroeder after he tore out the seat of his pants during an early exploratory venture. In 1965 James G. Mitchell from Manheim, New York died of hypothermia after becoming stranded on rope in a 75-foot (23 m) pit in the cave with a frigid waterfall. Initial efforts to recover Mitchell's body failed. A rescue team was flown from Washington DC on Air Force 2. A three-day effort to retrieve Mitchell was aborted after repeated failures and a partial collapse. The cave was abandoned and blasted shut, essentially making the cave a tomb. Mitchell's death made headlines again forty-one years later when a group returned to the cave and successfully recovered his remains. Supposedly the cave waters were dye traced to East Creek 3 miles away.

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