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See Rock City
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The object of this cache is to document the remaining "See Rock City" barns. (The coordinates on the page are bogus)
A generation ago, when families packed into the automobile and hit the road for a vacation, spotting the huge black and red signs on barns saying "See Rock City" were as much a part of the trip as squabbles over territory in the back seat. There was special status in spotting the first Rock City barn of the trip.
These days the barns, which once numbered 900 and stretched from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, are mostly gone. Only 90 remain.
The signs touted Rock City as "Beautiful Beyond Belief," and "The Eighth Wonder of the World." "Bring Your Camera," other signs urged, because,"When You See Rock City, You see the Best." The "See Rock City" slogan was so familiar it was even found in an army PX in Vietnam, along with the notation, "Only 13,000 miles to Lookout Mountain."
In 1924, Garnet Carter, who also invented miniature golf, developed a residential neighborhood called Fairyland atop Lookout Mountain. Carter placed his family home on the area that included Rock City, and his wife, Frieda, set out to develop a rock garden that would end all rock gardens. Carter realized that people might be willing to pay to see his wife's rock garden, and on May 21, 1932, Rock City opened. Because the attraction was off the normal tourist routes, and because money was scarce in the Depression, Carter came up with the idea of offering to paint farmers' barns in exchange for sign space. Carter employed a young sign painter named Clark Byers who, sometimes painting as many as five barns a day, treated farmers along the nation's highways to a coat of paint — on one side of the barn — in return for the Rock City signs.
Rules for logging the cache: Find one of the remaining 90 or so "Rock City" barns, post a picture of it, and also post a picture of the barn with your GPSr in the shot, include in your cache log the coordinates of the barn and a brief description of its current condition and location. Do not trespass on private property, but that should not be necessary as these were all designed to be easily seen from the road. However do NOT park on the sides of interstates or other areas where it is dangerous and/or illegal. One barn per 'cacher and each barn can be logged only once. Entries that do not include all the requirements will be deleted. This should be an interesting historical hunt for these old barns.
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:57:42 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:57 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum