WSQ: Berlin Quarry #1 (Big Hole)
In Wisconsin, United States
How Geocaching Works
Use of geocaching.com services is subject to the terms and conditions in our disclaimer
Caches is hidden in the Oakwood Cemetery. camo lock-n-lock 5 feet from pavement but offers spectacular views near dangerous rock ledges which are 50 feet to the west of the cache. As a result, the cache is NOT RECOMMENDED for children unless supervised. If you fall off the ledge you may die, this is not recommended. Terrain is a "1.5" if gates are open for cars. No access from the private residence to the west. Also note the quarry itself is private property.
CONGRATULATIONS on FTF to blue35jeans As this is classified as a cemetery cache please note it is NOT hidden on any grave marker or site. If there is a service going on, or folks are visiting their loved ones when you arrive please be respectful and come back at a later time. Your understanding and compassion for those folks will be appreciated. In 1883 the recently founded Berlin and Montello Granite expanded their operations to Berlin. Some of Berlin's early homes have foundations made from this quarry rock, which indicates that residents harvested stone before the company was formed. Although often referred to as granite, Berlin's quarries are actually rhyolite. It is the hardest rock in the world with a crushing strength of 47,674 pounds per square inch. Because of the characteristic, Berlin rhyolite was used most specifically in making paving blocks and crushed mcadam. At the peak of operations the quarry employed 300 men. The most experienced stone cutters came from Wales, Scotland, Italy and Poland. The affects of the diverse laborer population is still evident in the Berlin telephone book. Although reorganized several times by the turn of the century, the Berlin quarrying operations ended with a labor strike in 1922. The need for paving blocks and other architectual stones was replaced with asphalt and concrete so the owners did not ruch to settle with the workers. For many years all of the equipment and tools were left at the quarry as if it would reopen again. Three pits (Big One, Midway and Klondike) had been opened for mining but eventually filled with water and much of the equipment was taken for scrap during the metal drive in WWII.
Last Updated: on 12/30/2013 8:19:40 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (4:19 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum