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Bruin Fox

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Hidden : 5/11/2008
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This is a multi-cache. To get the final cache coordinates you will travel about 1/4 mile gathering numbers from three different locations. This cache has been placed with the permission of the University’s Physical Plant Director. While visiting this multi-cache, be sure to visit the two nearby caches, one near the beginning coords and one near the end coordinates.

Stop #1 You are about to embark on a historical tour of George Fox University which was founded in 1891 by Quaker pioneers. The first coordinates take you to the main entrance of the University. The sign at the entrance was built in honor of Willie Montgomery, a popular sociology professor who died of cancer.

  • Which year’s class donated funds to build the sign? xxxD
  • What year was Willie born? xxFJ
  • What year did Mr. Montgomery start teaching at George Fox? xxxC

Stop #2 As you face the sign, look over your right shoulder. You should see the Edward F. Stevens Center, about 200 feet away. Go to the curb in front of the building where you will find a map that identifies all the buildings on campus. As you stand facing the map, turn to your left and you will see Hoover Hall, which is named for former U.S. President Herbert Clark Hoover. Hoover attended Friends Pacific Acadamy, the precursor to George Fox University, from 1887 to 1888 while he was living with his Uncle Henry John Minthorn. Mr. Minthorn was president of the academy. There is an artistic rendering of President Hoover on the side of the building.

  • Right in front of the building is a blue sign with the street address. What is the number of the address?: xAx
  • Now, using the campus map in front of you, locate Minthorn Hall and walk there. You will pass by the Centennial Tower which was built in 1987 in honor of the University’s 100th anniversary.

Stop #3 While attending school, Herbert Hoover stayed in Minthorn Hall. The building was moved across town to its current location by a team of horses pulling it on rolling logs. To the right of the stairs leading to Minthorn’s main entrance you will find a plaque in recognition of the building’s designation on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • What year was the building built? xBEG
  • What year was Minthorn Hall added to the National Register of Historic Places? xHxK

Final Location A bear born before George Fox University existed still lives today as the University's sports' nickname and mascot--The Bruins. In 1887, a student at Friends Pacific Academy brought to campus a black bear cub found in the coast range. The cub lived in a pit in Hess Creek Canyon. After the bear died in 1892, the bearskin became an unofficial mascot, traveling with the senior class on outings. Senior classes traditionally passed “Bruin” down to the juniors, but in 1898, the junior class swiped the skin early. Students have wrestled for possession of the bearskin and numerous canvas replicas called “Bruin Jr.” ever since.

The final cache is located in Hess Creek Canyon near the place the original Bruin was caged. To calculate the coordinates of the final cache, substitute the numbers you gathered from the above clues in steps 1 – 3:

N 45 AB.CDE W 122 FG.HJK
You are looking for an ammo box.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gubfr jub ybbx ONPX ng gurve Trbetr Sbk rqhpngvba xabj vg vf gur EBBG bs gurve fhpprff.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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