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A short walk through the off leash dog park in Point Defiance. Park down the hill from Fort Nisqually, or approach from the intersection of Five Mile Road and North Mildred Street.
This area of the park, now used as an off leash dog park, is an interesting part of Tacoma's history. The concrete foundations still be found here in the woods were from an old Civilian Conservation Corp camp in the mid 1930's. Later this area became the Madrona Day Camp, and eventually a seldom used picnic area.
The following details are from Doreen Beard Simpkins and Bill Rhind of Metro Parks Tacoma.
"The CCC presence in Point Defiance Park became a reality in the autumn of 1934, with the construction of “Camp Point Defiance” on the southwest edge of the forest region, on a bluff below Fort Nisqually, which was in the process of restoration and reconstruction at the time. Although Camp Point Defiance operated for only a couple of years and nothing now remains of the installation other than remnants of concrete foundations, it originally boasted 15 wooden buildings including a schoolhouse, hospital, officers’ quarters, barracks and latrines. From this base, some 200 CCC workers assisted with the removal of the fire hazard of tangled and overgrown brush throughout the Park, participated in the restoration of Fort Nisqually that was underway on the hill just above the CCC camp, improved roads and paths, and helped construct the covered community kitchen at the picnic beach which would later be known as Owen Beach. By late 1935 Camp Point Defiance faced significant reduction in its workforce due to a curtailment of the CCC program. In the late 1930s, the site of the CCC Camp Point Defiance was used for summer recreation purposes, and although the buildings were eventually removed, the area was used for many years as Madrona Day Camp, introducing generations of children to the pleasures of new experiences in a forested locale."
But I didn't bring you here for a history lesson. I brought you here to test your caching skills. The longer you cache, the more tricks you learn, and the easier the game becomes (just like Squeak the Squirrel: (visit link)
This is a cache to make sure you are still thinking outside the box.
I put this back in the woods so you could have some privacy during your hunt, but be warned: muggles can sneak up from multiple directions. Wait until the coast is clear.
This cache was inspired by one placed in Seattle by @Dayspring.
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