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HQGT: Fremont Library

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Hidden : 08/13/2013
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Geocache Description:

Don't panic! You’ve located another stop in The Geocacher’s Guide to the Center of Our Universe, also known as the HQ GeoTour. It's part of what makes Fremont so unique.

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

The Fremont Motto: “De Libertas Quirkas” (freedom to be peculiar)

Print your HQ GeoTour passport as a guide.

The Geocache
At the posted coordinates look for a container that will tell you where to locate the final container. This is best done when the library is open, but there is a Plan B if you are unable to visit during Library Hours. Either way, you will need to find WP1 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
Mon: 1 pm - 8 pm
Tue: 1 pm - 8 pm
Wed: 11 am - 6 pm
Thu: 11 am - 6 pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: 11 am - 6 pm
Sun: 1 pm - 5 pm

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.

About the HQ GeoTour

The Geocaching HQ office is located right here in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. That makes Fremont the center of our geocaching universe. It just so happens that Fremont is also officially the Center of the Known Universe. Coincidence? We think not.

According to somewhat reliable sources Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood lies in a special geophysical locale. Stay long enough and you might happen to notice the odd gravitational pull, the inability to stay away, the overwhelming urge to return again and again—it’s almost as if you’re in the center of the universe.

In 1991, Fremont Scientists did extensive research at a local Fremont pub. With a few slurs and stumbles, they came to the conclusion that the intersection of N Fremont Ave and 35th St N was, indeed, the Center of the Universe. They supported their statement with the claim that it could not be disproven. (It couldn’t be proven either, but that’s beside the fact.)

Shortly thereafter, through much politicking and cajoling, the Fremont Scientists convinced the Metropolitan King County Council to officially name Fremont as the Center of the Known Universe. You can read the official proclamation, which declared Fremont to be an Independent ImagiNation and a mecca for those of independent minds and spirits, and is forever and fervently empowered with all the rights and privileges thereto accruing. Really.

This geocache was hidden with special permission from Geocaching HQ.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

JC1 Haqre hgvyvgl obk ba onpx bs ohvyqvat. Uvagf sbe svany ner vafvqr JC1.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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