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Riceville Cemetery - easy walk, easy find.
CONGRATULATION TO MEDTEXPLACER ON FIRST TO FIND!!
AS OF JUNE 27, 2011 THE FINAL HAS BEEN MOVED ABOUT 75 FEET. THE OLD FINAL WAS DESTROYED AND BURNED. THE CALCULATIONS TAKE THIS CHANGE INTO ACCOUNT.
We have lived in Houston since 1965. In that time there have been many changes. Small communities that were here then are no longer to be found. Here is the background of one of these - Riceville - as reported in the "Handbook of Texas - Online".
Located in southwest Houston, this was a small black community founded by Leonard Rice in the 1850's. It was centered around Riceville Mt. Olive Baptist Church which was originally built in 1889. The church burned and was rebuilt. The little community was annexed by Houston in the late 1960's. At first there was little development. As late as 1982, no water or sewer services were provided.
By 1990 Riceville was surrounded by commerical businesses and housing developments. The community was down to less than 300 residents and the original houses were in poor condition. We sometimes drove thru the area in the late 1970's. Our recollection (possibly faulty) was a few homes that had seen better days and the church.
Several parts of the community are all that is left. There is a street named Riceville School Road, the Riceville Mt. Olive Baptist Church on S. Gessner, and the Riceville Cemetery on Keegans Bayou. The cemetery is a large open area on the bayou that receives some maintenance. The cemetery is hidden from the surrounding area and is quite isolated. It was discovered by chance while bicycling on the bayou. This cache will take you on a visit to this cemetery. This is not an abandoned cemetery and is still active. Relatives still decorate graves and people are still being intered here so please be respectful.
At the parking area is a large black gate. It is locked. Part of the gate is a small pedestrian entrance. It is not locked but is wedged tightly shut. It should open. If it should be locked, on the left is a large wooden barrier. Go around the north end of it and walk carefully thru the wooded area. It is only about 10 or so yards to the bayou and the cemetery. Just watch for thorns and the usual fauna.
Once in the cemetery go to the oldest grave (that we could find) at the above coordinates.
Set the decimal portion of these coordinates to zero. Substitute the following formulas. For the decimal part of the north coordinate - year of the person's death minus 1795 = .xxx For the west coordinate - year of the person's birth minus 1565 = .xxx This will give you the offset location of the cache.
Take time to explore the location. For the FTF there is a nice prize (especially if you ride bicycles). We hope this is a fun cache. Watch the thorns!!
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Last Updated: on 7/12/2015 9:13:54 AM Pacific Daylight Time (4:13 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum