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7 Souvenirs of August

Traditional Geocache

"Don't Take This Town For Granite"

A cache by dbrockhouse
Hidden : 12/17/2006
In Iowa, United States
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This is one of my favorite 'towns' in Iowa. On the third weekend of each July the locals put on a display that should be part if everyone's education about the midwest. The way life used to be. A tractor pull on Friday night, a parade and displays on Saturday and a lot more. Did I mention that they make home-made ice cream here during their Threshing Bee......

Here is a bit of the history about the area.......
D. C. Rice surveyed and staked out blocks, lots, streets and alleys in the southwest quarter of Section 19, Township 100, Range 48 on June 12, 1886, at the request of the owners; Richard and Bessie Pettigrew and Samuel and Bell Tate. The town of Iuka was officially filed March 14, 1887.

Transportation through this area was new as stagecoach trails passed on their way to Dakota Territory. Railroads traveling west across the prairies brought the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Northwestern Railway coming through in 1886, bringing the need for waterwells and tanks where they could fill their steam engines. In 1893, the Board of Supervisors established a "Granite Highway" to go through the Village of Iuka, easing the way for transportation to and from the young town. A blacksmith was vital to a community and Gust Anderson wore that title.

The town name of Iuka was officially changed to Granite in late 1887.

You do not have to climb on, tear apart or do anything destructive in any way to find this cache. It is as out in the open as I could possibly make it.

This is on private property - we have been given permission by the owners to have the cache on the site - enjoy yourself.

The container is non-traditional.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gurer vf na byq rkcerffvba gung tbrf fbzrguvat yvxr guvf: "Lbh jbhyq unir n ______'f ____ ivrj sebz hc urer. Erzrzrore - qb abg qb nalguvat qrfgehpgvir gb nalguvat va gur nern.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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Last Updated: on 8/28/2014 4:40:09 PM Pacific Daylight Time (11:40 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum