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MMC #8: Titans of Industry Letterbox Hybrid

Hidden : 10/08/2022
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:


Welcome to Marion County West Virginia, the middle of everywhere! The 'Murals of Marion County' geocaching trail is designed to showcase the history and heritage of the area in a unique and exciting way. Nine Letterbox Hybrid geocaches will be placed around the county for you to discover; each showcases a specific mural and then provides instructions on locating the final. After completing all nine geocaches on the tour and exploring everything Marion County has to offer, stop by our visitor center (GC9CY1G) to claim a FREE custom coin, trackable at geocaching.com! More information including a full list of caches and the playing card is available here: https://marioncvb.com/murals.

MMC #8: Titans of Industry

First settled in the late 1700s/early 1800s, Mannington saw its first tavern open in 1850. Originally known as simply the Forks of Buffalo, the settlement began being referred to as Koon Town after the last name of the tavern proprietor. Then in 1856, the village officially became known as Mannington, named after Charles Manning, a civil engineer with the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad. Logging and coal were the industries that kept the town going once the railroad arrived, and an oil boom in 1889 led to more growth. This development lasted until the Great Depression. The economic collapse greatly impacted the town. The mining industry was active well into the 20th century, but sadly there was a nearby mine explosion at the Consol No. 9 coal mine, north of Farmington and Mannington, which resulted in the death of 78 miners. 

SOLVE THE PUZZLE

Using the mural, please answer the following questions to obtain the three-digit lock combination (XYZ) for the final container.

XY = How many letters are written in green on the mural? 

Z = How many oil drills are pictured on the mural?

FIND THE CACHE

After answering the above questions, use the instructions below to locate the final container.

With your back to this mural, you should see some other murals in the distance. Take the old line to the east, past some former railroad buildings, until you come to Mead. Nearby you'll find a small park with a memorial, playground, and workout equipment. You'll need to make sure you are extra flexible for this exercise, as you search for the geocache in the middle of the pentagon. Good luck!

THANKS FOR VISITING!

Need help? Text 304 - 216 - 6620

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)