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Homes of Tomorrow - A Century of Progress

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Hidden : 08/26/2017
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Geocache Description:

When I originally got permission from the National Park Service to place a cache here I figured I would do a Wherigo. But I just couldn't decide on where and what to hide. Then this Virtual Reward came along and I figured this would be perfect. Cell service can be spotty so plan accordingly. So without further ado...

Welcome to A Century of Progress

The 1933 Chicago World's fair had an exhibit called the "Homes of Tomorrow." It featured 5 distinct homes that each displayed innovative building materials, modern home appilances, and new construction techniques. Showcased at the 1933 World's Fair, these homes afforded the more than 50 million attendees the ability to witness some of "tomorrow's" revalations "today."

Following the World's Fair in 1935, Robert Bartlett purchased these homes and had them brought to the shores of the Indiana Dunes to help sell his new residential resort community, Beverly Shores. 4 of the homes, the Armco-Ferro, Florida Tropical, House of Tomorrow, and the Wieboldt-Rostone, were shipped across Lake Michigan on a barge while the Cypress Log Cabin was disassembled and moved by truck. Sadly, Bartlett's dream of creating a lakeside resort failed because of the depression.

In the mid-1960s, the National Park Service took over the area that included Beverly Shores and conglomerated it under the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore banner. In doing so, the homeowners became lessees and had little incentive to keep up the homes and they began to crumble. At the start of the 21st century, Indiana Landmarks leased these homes from the National Park Service to help restore their former glory. To pay for this, Indiana Landmarks subleased these homes to private citizens. Combined, this three-way partnership will insure these homes of tomororw, will see many tomorrows to come.

To log this cache you'll need information from plaques at or near each waypoint:

NOTE: The waysides might move around depending on the event or activity level.  They are there.

In an email or message please answer the following questions based on your personal observations:
Do not post answers as part of your log, encrypted or otherwise, or it will be deleted!

Follow the waypoints -- At Stage:

  1. On the inset that says "Model homes", what is the last word in the inset?
  2. How many people are on the roof in the picture?
  3. What are all the numbers in the scale size of the first floor plan and name the odd thing about this house that houses of tosday still don't have?
  4. What is written in black ink on the third line under the quote on the insert: place company, year?
  5. In the advertisement that says Build of Cypress, what word is hypenated above the large printed word Here and how many horses are in the picture?
  6. Post a photo of your GPSr or a thumbs-up in front of your favorite house. Bonus points if you do it from the posted stage 6 coords.

Don't wait for a reply to log it, I will typically only reply to incorrect answers or no photos and delete logs from users who did not comply with the above requirements.


  • Indiana Dunes
  • National Park Service
  • Indiana Landmarks
  • Wikipedia

Update: 8/27 - Clarified Stage 6 requirements.


Congrats to
Mr. & Mrs. Team Doxie
for being the FTF!!!

Virtual Reward - 2017/2018

This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between August 24, 2017 and August 24, 2018. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards on the Geocaching Blog.

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