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Fremont Library Multi-Cache

Hidden : 08/13/2013
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Geocache Description:

Welcome to Fremont's Historic Carnegie Library, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

You will need to gather information at two waypoints to determine the location of the final container. This is only possible when the library is open. You will need to visit WP1 and WP2 and do some calculations first.

Note: This building is in active use as a library. Please be quiet and respectful of the people who are here to read and work.

Library Hours: Please check the Seattle Public Libraries - Fremont Branch website for the latest opening hours.

STAGE 1 (start at posted coordinates!): N 47° 39.006 W 122° 20.895
Stand in front of the book drop and look at the side of the building. There is no need to go behind the book drop or down the stairs.

  • A = You will see windows and columns on the east-facing side of the building. How many columns are there?
  • B = Below the columns are several blue background relief carvings. How many are there?

STAGE 2: N 47° 39.009 W 122° 20.907

  • C = Count the number of petals in the flower above the entrance.
  • D = Facing the entrance, look down and to the left of the railing. You will see a small metal sculpture of books. How many books are there in total?
  • E = Looking at the same sculpture, how many books are open?
  • Take note of the first two words written above the entrance (under the flower); you will need these to determine the location of the final container.


If the library is open:
You will be solving for the Dewey Decimal call number of the final cache. This has letters and numbers in it, in this format: A###.AAA #### (where A represents various letters and # represents various numbers).
The call number is:
[1st word, 2nd letter] [C+D+E][E][D].[2nd word, 2nd letter][2nd word, 3rd letter][2nd word, 4th letter] [E][B+C][A+B][A+B+D]

Enter the library at WP2 and look for the cache using the Dewey Decimal Number you calculated.

The Fremont Public Library began with a $35,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie in 1917, under the condition that the community would provide the land, books, and staff. The community raised an additional $7,000 through donations and fundraisers, and the City of Seattle donated the remaining $3,000 needed to purchase a $10,000 plot of land for the new library.

Architect Daniel R. Huntington (1871-1962) designed a stucco and red tile roof Mission Revival building, common in the Southwest US but unusual for the Pacific Northwest. The 2-storey building featured a 2,708 sq ft main floor and a 1,068 sq ft lower level. Total cost of construction was $36,939. The library opened to the public on July 27, 1921 and remains an operating branch of the Seattle Public Library to this day.

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