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An Eagle's View

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Hidden : 3/7/2011
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Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is located on Peninsula State Park property. A state park vehicle sticker is required. Geocachers must follow all state park rules. The cache is in a small self-sealing container. The exact location of the cache requires some knowledge of the history of Eagle Harbor and the village of Ephraim.

Look for a sign near the following coordinates that describes the history of Eagle Terrace:
45° 09.601’
087° 11.704’

In February of 1853, Reverend Andreas Iverson walked on foot from Green Bay to this locale. He sought a place to establish a Moravian community and found safe harbor here, between the high bluffs and the sandy shore. Iverson named the village Ephraim which means "doubly blessed." His Norwegian flock soon followed. In 1858, the small schooner Pocahontas carried lumber from Cedar River, Michigan, to build a new church. First located along the shore, it was later moved to its present location.

From Eagle Terrace, look north. Can you see two white steeples? The steeple on the right stands atop the Moravian church, the steeple to the left is on the Lutheran church.

Most village supplies arrived via schooners, which anchored at Anderson Dock in Eagle Harbor before unloading cargo. Ephraim offered safe harbor along the same water highway used by French fur traders and, before that, native nations. By 1900, passenger steamships, like the Goodrich steamer Carolina, routinely serviced the village. Summer guests from St. Louis and Chicago came to escape crowded cities plagued with disease like tuberculosis. One hundred years ago, tourists and residents alike fished for herring and lake trout. Today, visitors are more likely to hook rock bass and perch.

When Peninsula State Park was first established in 1909, Eagle Terrace was a owned by the Eagle Bluff Stone Company. From 1935-37, the Civilian Conservation Corps improved it for sightseers. They fashioned the steps that lead down to a dramatic overlook. "C-men" also built the wall from native dolostone.

To find the cache look at the historic sign. Find the monthly pay a C-Man received to decipher the coordinates.

Monthly pay + 135 = ABC
4C° 09.B0C’
087° AA.7AB’

** NOTE** Don't let old pictures of this cache and GZ posted here fool you. With ongoing maintenance in the park, and brush clean-up, we updated the container and hiding spot just slightly.

This cache was placed as a partnership with Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Door County Maritime Museum, and the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. We hope you enjoyed learning the maritime history of Ephraim. To learn more about Wisconsin’s maritime heritage please visit our other geocaches in Door County and throughout the state, or visit!

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The Geocache Notification Form has been submitted to the Peninsula State Park Superintendent of the Wisconsin DNR. Geocaches placed on Wisconsin Department of Resources managed lands require permission by means of a notification form. This has been done and the Peninsula State Park Acting Superintendent, Erin Brown, has been spoken to, giving permission for this cache placement. The DNR notification form and land manager information can be obtained at: (visit link)

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