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Mystery Cache

Fellows of the American Revolution

A cache by lattejunky Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 9/12/2012
2 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

The above coordinates are not for the actual cache location.

This is a cipher puzzle cache where you will use information listed on a marker to solve the Ottendorf Cipher listed below.

Nathaniel Fellows, Sr. was born in Dorchester, New Hampshire, the son of a revolutionary soldier, Captain Samuel Fellows. At the age of 17, Nathaniel enlisted and served as a private in Col. Beldell’s regiment. The regiment was given the Order of Congress to harass the British by invading Canada and carrying out daring raids. They had hoped to liberate all of North America from British rule. Even though the mission failed, Nathaniel had shown great fighting spirit.

Along with his son and his son’s family, Nathaniel moved to Iowa later in his life. He was not only a veteran of the Revolutionary War but one of the first settlers in Coralville and he is one of only 19 Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Iowa.

At the age of 79, Nathaniel passed away and was buried at the center of what is now old Highway 6 and 5th St in Coralville. The Nathaniel Fellows Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) dedicated and presented a permanent marker to the State of Iowa for the gravesite of Nathaniel Fellows. The marker was maintained by the Iowa Highway Commission until they could no longer maintain it due to the relocation of Highway 6. The City of Coralville moved the marker to the present day site.

Information paraphrased from DAR Website.

To find the cache, solve cipher below using Nathaniel Fellows Marker. Use Key with deciphered information to solve for the actual coordinates as follows:

N41 ab.cde W091 fg.hij

a) 1-1-3
b) 2-1-6
c) 3-1-5
d) 4-2-3
e) 5-2-1
f) 6-1-4
g) 7-2-1
h) 8-2-3
i) 9-1-1
j) 10-3-4

Key: A=5 B=3 C=8 D=4 E=2 F=0 G=9 H=8 I=7 J=2 K=3 L=9 M=6 N=1 O=4 P=1 Q=9 R=4 S=7 T=5 U=1 V=3 W=6 X=2 Y=3 Z=8

After you grab the cache, take time to visit the nearby IOWA FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL whose mission is to forever honor, celebrate and inspire the spirit, courage and service of Iowa firefighters-past, present and future.

Watch your step. Fence hopping is not required. Please re-hide well.

Please be respectful of the area and adhere to Park Hours: 6:00 AM – 10:30 PM. The cache is located on park property and has been placed with the permission of Coralville Parks and Recreation Department.

You can check your answers for this puzzle on

Gift for FTF—related to my cache name. :)

Good luck and happy caching.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Gur snyyra.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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Current Time:
Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:47:47 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:47 PM GMT)
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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