This cache replaces the original Pruett Cemetery cache, in favor of a less challenging hide that allows you to spend your time contemplating the history of this location. The listed coordinates will take you to the only tree stump marker in the cemetery, made to look like a cross formed from a tree. From it, you will gather the necessary information to find the cache location.
The bison tube cache can be found at:
A= number of anchors on front of stump marker
B= number of ivy leaves on front of cross above the scroll minus 8
C= number of dead birds on marker
D=2nd digit of year of death
E= last digit of year of death minus 3
F= number of anchors times 1
Not neeeded to solve the puzzle, but interesting cemetery history for your edification....
Pruett Family Cemetery, also known as Mormon Coulee Cemetery, is an old cemetery that many drive past without realizing it's there. In 1854, the land on which this cemetery rests was part of 40 acres deeded to the Pruett family. The initial deed does not mention any plans for a cemetery, but many of the old stones here are dated from this same time period. An indenture from 1898 states that it was within the wishes of the Pruett family for the:
"...premises to remain as it now is for the use of the public for church -- Sunday school and temperance meetings and other public gatherings, so long as it is used with free access to all."
It is also believed that the small building may have been used as a Quaker meeting house instead of a "church." The building was eventually moved from the site and became a residence for someone on the south side of La Crosse.
This cemetery is located just to the east of the old Bean Greenhouse. Mrs. Bean still lives nearby and has graciously given permission for the placement of this geocache. In addition to respecting the gravesites in the cemetery itself, please remain within the cemetery and respect the private property nearby. There is a pull off from the highway that allows access to the cemetery, just east of the greenhouse. If Mrs. Bean is out and about, please take a moment to thank her for allowing this geocache placement, and for the work she and her family have done to maintain the cemetery.
LaCrosse Public Library Archives: LaCrosse County Cemetery Histories