Echo Dells Cache
In Wisconsin, United States
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Echo Dells Cache
Here's our second cache on the Stevens Point Green Circle trail, a 30.5 mile trail that winds around the Point area through parks and along rivers. Park at N44 29.617 W089 34.980 and enjoy the walk. Please be discreet: this trail gets an awful lot of traffic on nice days. If you have time, you can follow the trail past the cache for another mile or so along the river. The whole trip is beautiful, with weathered trees, boulders in the river to play on, and even occasional benches to sit and relax on.
From an article by George Rogers in the Portage County Gazette, 6/27/2003:
"The most scenic part of the Green Circle is along the Wisconsin River from River Pines north -- tall pines along a rocky shore, islands in the blue water. It looks much as it did when lumber rafts bound for St. Louis floated past in the 19th century logging days.
People thought it looked like a pretty nice area 80 years ago, too. A story in the Stevens Point Journal on Sept. 28, 1923, said representatives of five local organizations had gone on record advocating city purchase of Echo Dells for a park if it could be bought at a reasonable cost.
Echo Dells is what that area along the river was called years ago when Andrew Magnus Nelson developed it as a summer colony. How did it get its name? "You'd call out real loud and it would holler right back at you," Nelson's grandson, the late Nelson Hughes, said in 1990.
In the early 1900s Andrew Nelson built cottages there. So did a few others, including his nephew, George Nelson, a local attorney who later became a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. George Nelson was also a regent of the former state Normal School system, and Nelson Hall at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point is named for him.
Consolidated Papers bought flowage rights along the river in about 1926, and after that the cottages were removed. George Nelson's cottage had already burned, but its impressive fireplace remained. The fireplace has crumbled but the stones remain close to the Green Circle trail, which opened in 1990.
Today, Echo Dells survives in the name of a nearby street."
Initial cache contents:
wilderness signal whistle
2 pencils and a pen
Get Out Of Hell Free card from ThisIsTrue.com
Northwest Airlink luggage tag
Microsoft Front Page matchbox car
You get extra "atta-cacher" points if you're traveling by bicycle, and double-plus bonus if you stop by River Pines and visit someone while you're in the neighborhood.
And if a resident of River Pines or Fireside Apartments visits the cache, contact me through the geocache link above and I'll arrange a time to come and deliver a certificate in person.
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Last Updated: on 7/3/2014 4:25:42 PM Pacific Daylight Time (11:25 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum