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Ghost College Virtual Virtual Cache

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Hidden : 06/14/2002
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34 acres of wonderfully landscaped grounds, 100 year-old mansions, a nine-acre "great lawn," and countless fountains. All this surrounded by a pristine college campus adorned by more than 1,200 trees. What could be better? IT'S DESERTED!

Yes, bowing to the inevitable, the former, ever-popular micro cache at this site has now become GHOST COLLEGE VIRTUAL! You'll have to e-mail us a specific bit of information to get credit for the find, but we think you're up to it. Now: on to the cache!

The GHOST COLLEGE VIRTUAL leads you to what is truly Pasadena's secret garden, the former site of Ambassador College.

Park in one of the lots off of West Green St., just east of Orange Grove. You won't have trouble finding a spot: THERE'S NO ONE HERE.

Why? Because the college, owned by the Worldwide Church of God, has been closed since a doctrinal schism in the church in the mid-90's. Their loss is our gain, however: the site of the renowned Ambassador Auditorium, not to mention century-old native oaks, rock-lined streams and koi ponds, and an enormous Moreton Bay fig, remains impeccably groomed. Shrubs are trimmed, lawns are edged, benches are clean and painted. It's amazing... or kind of creepy, depending on how you look at it.

The future of the Ghost College is uncertain. Plans for a 1,700 unit housing development have been delayed... but you can bet something's going to happen. We can only hope that the auditorium - as well as the many mansions on the property, such as Merritt House, built in 1903 by Hulett C. Merritt, largest stockholder of U.S. Steel - are preserved.

You won't have much trouble finding the general area of the cache, so enjoy the surroundings. There's water everywhere, and we even saw a mother duck and her eight ducklings!

To get credit for finding GHOST COLLEGE, e-mail us the subject of the sculpture that can be found at the listed coordinates. It's kind of ambiguous from certain angles, but if you walk around it you'll figure it out. And, of course, if you already found the original micro, you can't get credit for the virtual. Good luck!!

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