Spirit of the American Doughboy
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This cache is to pay tribute to those of Mecklenburg County who served in World War I. This is one of four Mecklenburg County war memorial caches. Ensure that you leave the cache having recorded the information you used to compute the coordinates. “Veterans Cache” (GC176R0) is a fifth and final cache in the series and uses the information derived from the four caches.
The Spirit of the American Doughboy statue honors Mecklenburg County residents who served their country during the Great War. It is not a unique statue in that copies are found in communities throughout the United States. Visit the link to learn more about the statue in Charlotte. Browse the website to learn about the statue and the sculptor, E.M. Viquesney. (visit link)
When you visit the memorial take time to read all the plaques and think about the meaning of each.
The best times to visit are Saturday and Sunday, as all the city and country government offices are closed and parking is more available. While you are downtown in the government complex you will want to check out two other wonderful memorials: On the other side of City Hall, on Trade Street, is a very well done and moving memorial to fallen Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers. Just one building down at the old court house is a monument to the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, signed on May 20th, 1775.
This cache was conceived and executed while on jury service. Credit is given to fellow juror, vfmagator, for his assistance in the planning and testing of the cache.
The listed coordinates will get you to the memorial, but not to the cache. To find the cache, which is a block away on the other side of the new county courthouse in Marshall Park, you will have to solve the following:
N 35 13.xxx
W 080 50.yyy
There are two dates on one of the plaques:
xxx: ((last two digits of the first year) x 5) + 13
yyy: ((last two digits of the second year) x 15) + 14
1. Vs lbh guvax lbh xabj gur qngrf naq pubbfr gb abg ivfvg gur fgnghr, lbh jvyy tb nfgenl.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum