First of all, make sure to read the end * of this description! This is a waterproof match container located very near the gaping mouth of a large drain that courses its way under the city and ends at an equally gaping hole under the 6th St. bridge. See the cache called "I'm Drained 2" here. This reminds me of the beginning of the GI tract of a giant planarian starting in the center of the creature--the organism being in this case, Waterloo.
The history of this drain follows: In the early 1900s, Waterloo people, tired of cleaning up after floods, decided to enclose Dry Run Creek in a large storm sewer.The sewage now flows via a tube within the drain. You can see in this 1930s aerial photo that the drain was definitely finished. To celebrate its completion, in October of 1903 the Iowa League of Municipalities held its annual banquet within the what was then a large sewer pipe. A faded picture of it is shown to the left here. Guests entered at points between Randolph and Wellington and found a sumptuous feast laid for 400. I have heard that those that were dining were serenaded by the echoes of music being played by a band—also in the tube with them. I imagine the tune would have been a bit hard to follow and talk about surround sound!
In the late sixties firemen rescued an acquaintance of mine that was stranded in the gullet of this great concrete tract during an unanticipated rainstorm. He was attempting to become one of the few daring souls to take the great Waterloo underground express all the way to the Cedar River; this would be a “do not do this at home” thing for most of us.
At the present elevation this cache may not be available when it snows.
As is often the case, kids may be watching. An inconspicuous flashlight or a little mirror may help direct light where you need it.
*To "pick up" this cache you should bring a 2 foot (or so) steel rod (0.25 inch or larger diameter), a medium sized nut or a fish (or comparable sized) hook on a 2 foot string. There's a powerful magnet and wire loops on the can. Make sure to put it back magnet up.