Como in Geneva
In Wisconsin, United States
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Located in a small town park. Park by town hall.
The cache is located in Charlotte Peterson Park. Charlotte, a life long resident, served the town as a town board member, chairperson of the town planning commission and member of the Walworth County Board of supervisors. Charlotte was also a local teacher and president of the Lake Geneva Joint 1 School Board. In the 1990’s the town bought two properties on the intersection of Como Road and Highway H. These buildings had been grocery stores and gas stations. The town, through state grants, made these soils environmentally safe. The Geneva Town Board named it Charlotte Peterson Park. In 1871, the Chicago fire changed this area forever. As the lake shore land was not desirable to farmers because it was too rocky, it was available for Chicagoans to purchase. Many tourists came by Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. The Chicago Northwestern Railroad spur between Lake Geneva and Williams Bay came in the 1880’s. Not only did they purchase the lakeshore for their estates, but they also built farms. In the early 1920’s, 20’ x 100’ lots were sold for $50 and a subscription to a Chicago newspaper. Summer cottages sprang up on those lots in the Como Beach Subdivision, built mainly by Chicago people. As time passed, many of these cottages became year-round homes. Ice boating became a popular sport in winter. Boaters can be found first on the ice of Lake Como, then as it gets colder the ice boaters move to Delavan Lake, then last to freeze, Geneva Lake. Fishing is another popular pastime. Some from the Chicago area may be familiar with the area from visits to the “Shack” just down the road. Thanks to Charlotte for the history of this unique area. Thanks to the Park Board and The Town of Geneva Board for giving permission to place the cache. Parking south of park on the west side of town garage or behind the town hall. Charlotte Best Peterson a life long resident of the Geneva area who devoted most of her adult life to being a local school teacher and private tutor, a civic and social worker, and a public official in both elected and appointed offices in Lake Geneva and Geneva Township, died June 22, 2008. She was 80
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Last Updated: on 10/22/2016 07:38:50 Pacific Daylight Time (14:38 GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum