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Traditional Geocache

Paint Mine Ruins

A cache by elfdoctors Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 5/16/2007
In Wisconsin, United States
2 out of 5
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is located around the ruins of an old paint mine.

During the 1800's, pigment was discovered at this location and was mined for many years to make paint. I had thought that they mined red pigment (the kind used to paint many barns), but I recently found out it was actually a bright blue pigment. Many of the original structures still exist here including the water wheel, the piping, and the dam which holds up the mill pond.

This cache can be accessed by land (park at the end of Paint Mine Road and take the trail down to the river to get you within 100 feet of the cache) or by sea (beach your canoe at the picnic area along the St. Croix River and then walk up). The woods are very peaceful with abundant wildlife and the sound of falling water from several small creeks nearby. Enjoy a picnic down on the St. Croix River after your stay here!

The cache is a camouflaged Lock&Lock container. The coordinates may be a little off as my gps had a problem with the leaf cover. The hint should help.

The Geocache Notification Form has been submitted to Dan Thill of the Wisconsin DNR. Geocaches placed on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource managed lands require permission by means of a notification form. Please print out a paper copy of the notification form, fill in all required information, then submit it to the land manager. The DNR Notification form and land manager information can be obtained at: (visit link)

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Va gur ebbgf bs na bireghearq gerr juvpu sryy vagb gur jngre ba gur abegu fvqr bs gur zvyy cbaq.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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Last Updated: on 8/30/2015 8:23:29 PM Pacific Daylight Time (3:23 AM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum