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I have been officially caching for a year now and this cache is to commemorate what I have learned in that first year. I am amazed that I have been living in Carson City for 15 years and there is so little I have seen, or taken the time to notice in this town before caching. Since I have started caching, I have been led to many interesting place, learned a lot of local history, and discovered facts about the area that I never knew of.
I'm sure all the locals know where Mills Park is, but do you know everything that is in Mills Park? Or the little bits of history that are here? I sure didn't until I started researching this puzzle. By completing this puzzle, you too should know a little bit more about the history of Mills Park.
As for the puzzle, there are 5 stops along this puzzle route, including the starting point and the final stop. The coordinates that are given is the starting point, or stop #1. For Stop #2, I call it the “Circle Of Dirt”. You'll understand it better when you get to those coordinates. The next two stops are labeled Stop #3 and Stop #4. If I gave them a name, it would probably give away their locations. To find the final hiding spot (Stop #5), you will have to answer questions from the previous 4 stops. All 5 points are in Mills Park so if your math gives you coordinates that are not in the park, you made a math error somewhere. There are 19 questions that need to be answered to fill in the 24 digits needed to get the coordinates for the Stops 2 thru 5. I've tried to make the questions as clear as possible without giving away the answer. There are no hidden meanings in the questions, just some addition and subtraction problems to solve. Some of the questions may be repeated, some may be the same but numbers have to be reversed, so you'll need to read each question carefully. You will need to solve the last 3 digits of both the North and West coordinates for each stop. Finally, I put a little $$ for FTF as a little incentive to give this a try. If there are any questions, send me an e-mail and I'll point you in the right direction.
Circle Of Dirt.....39 10.ABC.........119 45.DEF
Stop #3............39 10.GHJ.........119 45.KLM
Stop #4............39 10.NPQ.........119 45.RST
FINAL SPOT.........39 10.UVW.........119 45.XYZ
A,B,C.. Take 31 and add that to the number of years the railroad ran (its lifetime). Put those 3 digits into A, B, & C.
D.. In the sentence, “The ____ gift was arranged by......” How many letters in the missing word?
E.. There are XX number of acres in Mills Park, use the 2nd digit for E.
F.. Take the year the Marker was dedicated and add the 4 digits together. Take that number and subtract 14.
G.. How many light poles in the Circle Of Dirt?
H.. There are XX number of acres in Mills Park, use the 1st digit for H.
J, K.. The Marker at the starting point was dedicated in 19XX. Take the missing numbers and add that to the number of trees in the Circle Of Dirt. Take that total and add 11. Put that answer into J & K. Your answer should be near 100.
L.. How many trees are in the circle of dirt?
M.. Take the number of trees in the circle of dirt and subtract 4.
N,P.. In Stop #3, The Mills Park dedication was funded by The ______ Foundation. How many letters in that name? Take that number and double it and put the answer in N & P.
Q.. How many L's in the very top line of stop #3?
R.. How many light poles in the Circle Of Dirt?
S.. How many letters in the 1st name of the Chairman of Parks and Recs from Stop #3?
T.. When stop #3 was dedicated, the then mayor had how many letters in his 1st name?
U, Z.. How many acres is Mills Park? Take that number and flip it around. Put the 1st digit in U and the 2nd digit in Z
V.. The number of the month Stop #4 was dedicated. For example, Jan=1 , Feb=2....
W.. In Stop #3, one of the Park & Rec. commissioners was named Pat. How many “T's” in his last name?
X.. How many light poles in the Circle Of Dirt?
Y.. In Stop #4, add the 4 digits of the dedication year. With that 2 digit answer, use either the 1st or 2nd digit, your choice.
The hint below is for the final hiding spot.
Qba'g oevat n oebbz, gurer vf bar gurer, naq qba'g yrg Svqb cynl srgpu jvgu guvf bar.
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