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Mystery Cache

Historic Neenah - Back In Time

A cache by -cheeto-/CJ/TNT
Hidden : 9/24/2007
In Wisconsin, United States
Difficulty:
4 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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The neenah clocktower was oriGinally part of the 1888 old city Hall designed by architect william waters of oshkosh. William waters left the mark of his talent everywhere in oshkosh, the fox river valley, and in many other areas of wisconsin between 1867 and 1917.

The old city hall building housed all city offices, including police and fire departments. The library was set up on the 2nd floor by the neenah tuesday club. It is said that this was the last public building in neenah to be paid for out of current funds.

Early on, 2 ropes dangled at the entrance to the city hall. The ropes connected with 2 clappers in the belfry, where the bell hung. When a fire was reported, the nearest person grabbed the handles and rang the bell. That started a race of teamsters to the city hall. The winner hitched his team to the hook and ladder truck and off they Quickly galloped to the fire and they received a $5.00 reward.

The clocktower stands above downtown neenah at 110 feet tall. It is described as a "romanesQue revival" style structure.

In 1972 a group of 6 citiZens initiated an effort to save the old city hall and clocktower. Their 5 year effort preserved only the clocktower, but through their efforts theY identified the depth of community concern for preserving the reminders of our past. There are 2 plaques on the clocktower and the 1 on the north side contains some history on the old city hall and Lists the names of the 6 citizens who made up the original "save the clocktoWer" committee.

All but the clocktower was subsequentlY razed in 1975.

The remaining clocktower was Dedicated as a historic landmark the following year in 1976. The 2nd plaque on the south side of the structure was placed during this dedication and lists the names of 82 "century donor" parties and schools who contributed money to saVe the tower.

12 years later, on new years eve, 1988 there Was a celebration of the 100th birthday of the clocktower. New years eve celebrations at the clocktower became very popular. After 3 years this practice was unfortunately discontinued.

A $200,000 fundraising eFfort is currently under way to restore the neenah clocktower to its original glory, replacing The mechanical works with electronic controls and adding chimes that will ring on the hour.

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I hope you enjoyed this history lesson on the neenah clocktower as well as the various pictures. You are looking for a magnetic micro-sized container with a log only and you should bring something to sign the log with. As with most of my caches, stealth will probably be required at the final as there are muggles around. All but the leading zero in the West coordinates are included in the puzzle.

Hey, can I bother you for the time?.

*** SPECIAL INSTRUCTONS ***
When opening the container please follow these instructions:
TO OPEN - Push Center of Cover In - It will "POP". This unlocks the cover.
TO CLOSE - Set cover on container and press sides of lid together. It will "POP" to lock it back on.
DO NOT Force the cover off or bend it to get it back on!

Oh and I almost forgot, for West go left 1.

Winter Friendliness Rating: Can get buried in the snow.

Congratulations wiskey33 on the FTF!

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

frnepu sbe gur pNcvgnyf gb geniry onpx va gLzr

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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Last Updated: on 12/21/2014 6:40:56 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (2:40 PM GMT)
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum