Roadside stops, strange statues, larger than life items, gimmicky signs, quirky architecture -- popping up along America's roads and highways, often bring drivers to a screeching halt, a quick turn around, or, at the very least, an expletive -- "what in hell was that?"
"Cathedral of Junk"
They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and nowhere is that more apt than the Cathedral of Junk in Austin. This awe-inspiring three-story monument is essentially a hodgepodge of anything that could be used to build something. Metal fences, poles, wheels, neon signs, creepy doll heads, signs with generic inspirational quotes, and much more form the structure that would look right at home in a post-apocalyptic movie. Part of the structure has even been overtaken by some of the native plant life, making the whole place feel oddly organic. The Cathedral of Junk is only open to visitors by appointment, so make sure to call before stopping by.
**Cache at your own risk**
Geocaching, hiking, backpacking and other outdoor activities involve risk to both persons and property. There are many variables including, but not limited to, weather, fitness level, terrain features and outdoor experience, that must be considered prior to seeking a cache. Be prepared for your journey and be sure to check the current weather and conditions before heading outdoors. Always exercise common sense and caution.
***There is a trail fee. Please pay it; it's cheap for a day of fun and helps maintain this wonderful trail.***
||smooth, compacted crushed limestone ideal for bicycling
||1 percent maximum (1 foot rise for 100 feet traveled)
||$2.10 per day or $10.25 per year for persons aged 12 through 62, $5.50 per year for persons 63 and older, family pass $25.50.
||Sold by area sports and bicycle stores, businesses adjacent to trail, and self-registration tubes located at the trail parking lots.
||Snowmobiling from Dubuque to Dyersville, minimum of 4" of snow required. X-Country skiing from Dubuque to Dyersville.
||Major interpretive area overlooks eastern trailhead.
||No horses, motorized vehicles, fires, camping, unleashed dogs, or use after 10:30 p.m. Additional Dubuque County Conservation Board rules apply to the trail. Trail hours are sunrise to sunset year round unless otherwise posted.
Remember to be good ambassadors to nature. We as geocachers have a responsibility to leave it as we found it, so others may revel in nature's glory. Always replace the cache the way you found it, so others may enjoy the find.
For more on geocaching in Iowa, visit the Iowa Geocachers Organization home page
Permission was granted to place this cache by: Brian Preston, Executive Director Dubuque County Conservation Board
For more on Dubuque County Conservation Board, visit the Dubuque County Conservation Board home page