In Wisconsin, United States
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This Traditional Cache is located near the historic Pottawatomie Lighthouse on Rock Island.
Explorers who go off the beaten path will be rewarded with a special treat. Just North of the lighthouse is a sharp drop off with a small clearing down below. This offers a great view of the lighthouse that is passed up by many.
No need to break out climbing gear to get here. Instead, start at the lighthouse and look for a trail leading down the cliff side. On your way down, keep an eye out for a shallow cave carved into the cliff side. Also, see if you can spot an ancient telephone poll amidst the trees that line the path. This pole is one of the only remaining traces of the first emergency phone line that connected the lighthouse to the outside world at the turn of the century.
When built in 1836, Rock Island's Pottawatomie Light became the first federal light in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan.
The original 1836 Rock Island Lighthouse, a 34 x 20 foot residence, had a separate grey conical 30-foot high tower. The 11-foot diameter round conical-shaped lantern held a Winslow Patent designed lens with 11 oil lamps and 11 14-inch reflectors. The light itself was 159 feet or 48 meters above the water.
The present lighthouse on Pottawatomie Point replaced the original in 1858. It's mortar caused the original building and tower to be damaged. The new 33' x 31' dwelling built of quarried dolomite enclosed a 8' x 8' tower which held a nine-sided lantern with lamp using a 4th order Fresnel lens. The lamp produced a steady white light visible for 14 nautical miles.
The U.S. Coast Guard took command of lighthouses in 1944, automating Pottawatomie Lighthouse in 1945 with a battery-powered flashing beacon. In 1986 solar panels installed readied the relocation of the light fixture in July 1988 to the steel light tower west of Pottawatomie Lighthouse.
Please no toys or junk swag unless they relate to the Lighthouse theme in order to keep from cluttering up the cache. I've started this cache out with a lighthouse travel bug, please trade evenly so this cache stays fun for all.
A Pottawatomie Lighthouse keychain awaits the FTF.
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Congratulations to Northwoods Tom on FTF!
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Last Updated: on 3/1/2014 1:35:46 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (9:35 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum