In Oregon, United States
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This is a very cool spot. The nicest I have seen in a long time. Please tread lightly in this region and remove anything you pack in. Cache is in a plastic cookie container (similar to a large margarine tub) and is painted green, black and brown. Location is somewhat difficult to get too but worth it. Plan to spend about 2 hours and take a camera. Some of the terrain is steep so wear appropriate attire and shoes.
According to the gentleman that discovered this location recently, it is a tombstone quarry from the late 1880’s and was in operation until possibly the 1920’s. There are still many of the stones on this site and it is quite fascinating to see. It has been hidden for decades. What you will see when you meander down the trail to the site is a few scattered rectangular rocks. Just like headstones. Upon further investigation, you should come upon the large granite boulders in the side of the hill near where the cache is hidden. It is these large boulders that appear to have been dynamited into the smaller pieces and chiseled more before being hauled to other locations for inscriptions. These old stones are now covered with moss and kept shadowed and protected by the Douglas fir trees. There are more semi-completed stones scattered around in a narrow swath heading down the hill. According to the article, this location was acquired by the county in 1929 from the William Cox family who homesteaded it in 1899. It is possible they were the owners of the quarry. It is also thought that these stones could have been headed destined for the nearby Pleasant Valley Cemetery. There has been some logging done recently in the area but the quarry site has been left alone.
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Last Updated: on 7/28/2011 1:28:01 PM Pacific Daylight Time (8:28 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum