A smaller Tupper Ware container.
Although there is more than one way in I suggest that you enter from 87th and Watertown Plank Rd which is at N43 2.755 W88 1.233. There is no parking on the road so park near the cemetery where you can get off the road. If you want a slightly longer hike go around the pond.
Note: People do walk their dogs in the area.
There are RR tracks in the vicinity on the other side of the trees so don’t get freaked if you hear a train.
A Red Winged Blackbird might assault you trying to protect her nest.
This is in a flood area. Put it back carefully so it doesn't float away, Please.
I wouldn’t suggest this one for night time tracking.
For extra points who is buried in the cemetery.
If you come back in two years (2008) you will see an enormous overflow pond that starts just west of the cemetery and extends past Swan Blvd into Underwood park. Just imagine all the dirt that gets moved.
The hints are in ascending order of help. The first one should be figured out as soon as you get there. The third should give it away.
New info July 13 2006
Got a mailing from the MMSD today. Nice diagrams and pictures.
Schedule for 2006:
Excavate east basin (right next to the cache)
Regevetate east basin Start construction of Swan Blvd bridge
Schedule for 2007:
Finish Swan Blvd bridge Excvate west basin
Revevetate west basin
Schedule for 2008:
Complete revevetation of basic and open area
Begin tunnel Tunnel construction and rehabilitation continues until 2011
During a storm the basin can fill in 4 hours with 315 million gallons.
There will be a walking path around the basin.
Updated info July 21, 2006
The construction has moved closer. You will go past a sign that says Road Closed Ahead, Local Traffic Only. You only need to go a few hundred feet further and you are local traffic. If you arrive during construction hours the road may be blocked by a truck and you may have to park further back but I haven't had a problem.
I saw a heron being chased by a much smaller bird and a momma with 6 ducklings up close.
The path was drying out until the big storm a couple of nights back.
Update Nov. 2007
Jim Stingl wrote an article in the October 28th Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (You may find it at www.jsonline.com) about the cemetery. I contacted him about it referencing some of the log entries. He replied;
I found this link on the Internet. It appears to show five markers, but as I said in the column I've never seen the Loibl one.
I think the 7,500 number is closer to the total buried in all cemetery sites on the county grounds (there are three others besides the one I wrote about). My best information is that about 4,000 are buried in the marked Milwaukee County Cemetery.
I haven't been there in a while. There is now a berm where there used to be flat land. What used to be a dry river bed has water and what used to be water is now dry. The route in has changed but I think you can figure it out.
Just after the spring thaw or after a heavy rain the area may be a bit muddy.