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St. Louis Arch Virtual Cache

Hidden : 4/26/2001
In Missouri, United States
3 out of 5
1 out of 5

Size: Size: virtual (virtual)

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Geocache Description:

"Neither an obelisk nor a rectangular box nor a dome seemed right on this site or for this purpose. But here, at the edge of the Mississippi River, a great arch seemed right." --Eero Saarinen, St. Louis Arch architect

The Saint Louis Arch Virtual Cache employs St. Louis's favorite catenary structure and St. Louis's first virtual cache all in one big arc of geocaching goodness.

How does it work?
This is a virtual cache, meaning you will be seeking out a physical location without the traditional box of goodies. In this case, you quest is to retrieve a word on a plaque somewhere in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial park. The coordinates posted above actually lead you to the north entrance of the Arch. You will need to peruse the Arch's Museum of Westward Expansion to decode the actual coordinates of the plaque. With this cache, you'll get to explore the Arch and its grounds, and visiting the museum make this cache fun and educational for the whole family!

Coordinates for the plaque:
N 38° AB.CDC
W 90° EF.GGC,
where each letter represents a unique digit, which you must discover by using the musuem and the clues below.

Clues for each digit:
Please note that the clues are not presented in any logical order as you progress through the musuem.

A: Thomas Jefferson instructed Captain Lewis, "The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri River..." What year did Jefferson give these instructions? Let the last digit of that year be A.

B: On the wall with the quotes from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Lewis proclaims there is, "great joy in camp, we are in view of the ocean" on November X, 1805 (it was a Thursday). Let the date that the X represents be B.

C: Look for the timeline and the year 1890. In that year, the elventh census was taken. What was the US population in 1890? Let the first digit of the population be C.

D: On a gold pillar labeled "Miners," there is an ad for the California Agency Office. In the ad, Clarke's Agency Office is located on Ann Street (a few doors from Blackstone Street). Let the second digit of this Ann Street address be D.

E: On some pillars depicting a cavalry, William Tecumseh Sherman says, "I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. War is hell." To the upper left, there is a red and white swallowtailed flag that features a number above the letter "E." Let that number be E.

F: At the Red Cloud animatronic exhibit, what year was Red Cloud's speech printed in the New York Times? Let the last digit of that year be F.

G: Look for the timeline and the year 1822. William Ashley placed an ad in the St. Louis Gazette asking for "one hundred enterprising young men." On the ad, after Ashley's name, is a date (February 13) and a curious code of "-- X8 tf." Let the number that replaces the X be G.

Once you have the coordinates for the plaque:
Well, go to it! The plaque you are looking for faces northwest, so you will be facing southeast while looking at it. Be sure you are looking at a bona fide plaque. The cache all comes down to this: what is the last word that's on this plaque? This is the cache's secret word. Write it down. Treasure it always. :-)

Once you have the secret word:
You need to click on the "E-mail this user" option that's found on my profile page. Just e-mail me the secret word. You can feel free to log your find right away, though; I'll only get in touch with you if there's a problem.

Enjoy your trip to the Arch, good luck, and have fun! The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial park is open daily from 6 am until 11 pm. The Gateway Arch itself is open daily from 8am until 10pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day, and from 9am until 6pm the remainder of the year. The Arch is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum