This cache is placed in honor of the 100th anniversary of Devil's Lake State Park in 2011. Centennial Tracks is a hiking tour that highlights some of the human history of the Park. See what evidence remains from the early settlers and visitors to Devil's Lake area.
Begin your Centennial Tracks tour by visiting the Devil's Lake Nature Center to pick up a printed brochure, with maps and historic pictures of the 12 caches and waymarks in this series. GPS units are available for free use at the Nature Center. Find 8 locations and receive a Centennial wooden nickel and the coordinates to a hidden final cache. Have fun, GET OUTDOORS! WISCONSIN.
Devil's Lake State Park. We hope you take time to discover some of the the beauty of this Park, and join in Devil's Lake's 100th Anniversary Celebrations
On the West Bluff about halfway between the North and South Shores, is one of the best panorama views in the Park. Prospect Point was named by a local businessman, Benjamin Shew, who operated a concession stand near the point for many years.
The cache, about 500 feet above lake level, is close to the planned location of an 1890's housing development. Arthur Ziemer, Milwaukee, planned an area of about 90 acres, the idea to be based on the "Palisades of the Hudson River" in New York. 200 lots were platted, several cottages and an 85 foot tower were built.
But then Ziemer died in his cabin of typhoid fever, allegedly from the water supply, which quickly put an end to the project.
Look around in the woods, and you may find stone steps or the remains of some cottage foundations among the trees.
Another great nearby view at N 43* 25.239, W 089* 44.330, is of Two lakes. Devil's Lake and Lake Wisconsin in the distance.
The Geocache Notification Form has been submitted to Steve Schmelzer of the Wisconsin DNR. Geocaches placed on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource managed lands require permission by means of a notification form. Please print out a paper copy of the notification form, fill in all required information, then submit it to the land manager. The DNR Notification form and land manager information can be obtained at: http://www.wi-geocaching.com/hiding