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Traditional Geocache

WSQ Luther Parker Cemetery

A cache by wisjanine
Hidden : 6/12/2012
In Wisconsin, United States
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:


The cache container is not in contact with any gravestones, monuments, or other memorials. Please respect the area. Also, take care to replace the cache so that is it not readily visible to the casual passerby.

The WSQ in the cache title refers to Wisconsin Spirit Quest. This acronym is used by cache owners in the state to identify their cemetery caches.

 

This cache is located in Luther Parker Cemetery. This cemetery, also known as Drought Cemetery or Durham Hill Cemetery, was established about 1843. It is now inactive, the latest burial being 1958. Luther Parker was the first settler in the town of Muskego. Members of the Drought family are also buried there. The Drought family was the first family to settle in Norway Township (Racine County) in 1838.


The sign above reads:

"Dedicated to Muskego's most illustrious pioneer and first European settler, Luther Parker, who brought his wife Alletta and five children to Muskego by horse and wagon in 1836. Luther Parker was one of the several responsible for succession of Waukesha County from Milwaukee County in 1846 and served in the Wisconsin Legislature and the early Waukesha County Board. Mr. and Mrs. Parker were buried in the northwest corner of this cemetery. This cemetery, formerly called Durham HIll, was given to his earliest English neighbors by Levi Guild. The pioneer settlers of Muskego who settled in the Durham Hill area buried their dead among the native wildflowers and prairie grasses of this site. In order to keep the native prairie hearty and suppress woody plants and invasive weed species, controlled burns are used on an infrequent basis. This cemetery site is officially recognized as a natural area. Please do not move or otherwise damage the vegetation in respect for the natural setting in which the settlers buried their loved ones. Gravestones are most easily observed in late April and May, after the Spring burning. This cemetery is owned and operated under the City of Muskego Parks & Recreation Department. Waukesha County Historical Society 1966/1972/2001."

Cache placed with permission from Tom Zagar, Conservation Coordinator / City Forester, City of Muskego. Geocache at your own risk, be respectful of burial sites, be aware of thorns and obey parking regulations. Also, please rehide cache so that it is not visible to others. Thanks! Congratulations to Hugh Foundit on FTF!!

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Last Updated: on 7/9/2014 12:41:18 PM Pacific Daylight Time (7:41 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum