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This combined Virtual and Regular multi-Geocache takes you on a flat, 1.5-mile tour of Old Palo Alto as you seek out various historical markers. It does not require any backtracking and will provide a glimpse into the history of this city which was incorporated in 1894.
At each of the locations, the historical marker will answer a question posed for the Virtual Cache. In addition, information to determine one digit of the Bonus Cache coordinates will be provided. Upon completion of the tour, e-mail the answers to the questions to log the Virtual cache. I’ll respond within a day or so unless we are traveling. If you also find the Bonus Cache, it is not necessary to e-mail the answers for the Virtual Cache portion of the search.
Note: You can use a car for the first two locations because these are in residential areas with easy parking. The remaining locations are in the downtown area and are most easily reached by walking. If you don’t find on-street parking, try the Cowper Street parking garage located behind the California Pizza Kitchen on Cowper Street between Hamilton and University Avenues.
Loc. 1: 37-deg. 26.360-min. North, 122-deg. 09.237-min. West
WHO DID THIS SUBDIVISION?
Bonus Coordinate: A = Last digit of the year this subdivision started.
Note: This area, bounded by Ramona, Addison, Waverley, and Kingsley Streets, still features many of the original shingle-sided large homes.
Loc. 2: 37-deg. 26.575-min. North, 122-deg. 09.270-min. West
WHAT OCCURRED HERE?
Bonus Coordinate: D = Sum of the 1st and 3rd digits of the year this entity started.
Loc. 3: 37-deg. 26.765-min. North, 122-deg. 09.552-min. West (This one is not a historical marker)
WHO WAS THE ARCHITECT OF THIS BUILDING?
Bonus Coordinate: B = Difference between the last two digits of the year this building was built.
Note: Check out the fine example of a Meta Sequoia (Dawn Redwood) on the East side of the building and a Greg Brown wall painting on the West side. There is another wall painting on the Northwest corner of Bryant and University.
Loc. 4: 37-deg. 26.740-min. North, 122-deg. 09.661-min. West
WHEN DID THE 19th-CENTURY FACILITY ORIGINALLY LOCATED HERE OPEN FOR OPERATION?
Bonus Coordinate: E = The 3rd digit of the year this facility opened.
Loc. 5: 37-deg. 26.948-min. North, 122-deg. 09.645-min. West
WHAT WAS LOCATED HERE IN THE EARLY 20th-CENTURY?
BONUS CACHE: THIS CACHE HAS GONE MISSING. ***
(It was a regular cache containing trinkets to exchange located at 37-deg. 26.AB5-min. North, 122-deg. 09.DE3-min. West) to enjoy the view!
HINT: Go to where the view of Palo Alto's skyline is the greatest.
OPTIONAL additional site you might want to check out:
37-deg. 27.203. North, 122-deg. 09.244-min. West
WHEN WAS THIS BUILDING BUILT?
Note: The man after whom this place is named was Palo Alto’s first weatherman.
(No hints available.)