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Ol' Cemetery

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Hidden : 03/13/2003
2.5 out of 5
1 out of 5

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Geocache Description:

This is a nice, virtual cache in one of Charlotte’s Largest Cemeteries. There is easy walking and driving here and you will be able to park your car on the side of the road while you look for names on the monuments. The cache can be solved during your lunch hour or after work while you wait for traffic to diminish. Hopefully, you will learn a little something about Charlotte, its families and its Leaders.

The “OLD SETTLERS CEMETERY” located behind the First Presbyterian Church between Church and Poplar streets was Charlotte’s first public cemetery but it was rapidly filling up by the time of the Civil War. The city fathers bought property on the west side of town for a new and larger Cemetery and it would be called “ELMWOOD CEMETERY”. Although there were some few burials before 1865, the new cemetery wasn’t officially opened or dedicated until after the Civil War. Presently, the cemetery has over 6,000 interments and now incorporates the old “PINEWOOD CEMETERY” which was originally for African Americans.

Below are the coordinates for the tombstones or monuments for you to find and note. Some of the people will be identified by name while others will be identified by their accomplishments or by how they died. After you find the monument enter the four digit death year (ex. 1869) or the two digit age at death (ex. 49).

N 35* 14.312
W080* 50.835
Doctor Annie Lowrie Alexander, A pioneer woman Physician who practiced medicine in Charlotte NC from 1887-1929. Annie’s death year____________

N 35* 14.128
W080* 50.776
Osmond Barringer, son of Gen. Rufus Barringer, Charlotte’s man about town and first man to own an automobile in Charlotte. Osmond’s death year____________

N 35* 14.359
W080* 50.875
Charlie Houck was killed by a lion. The date of death is difficult to read because of the worn stone. Use his AGE at death instead. Be Careful of the tombstone; underneath is a nest of “Fire Ants”. Charlie’s “two digit” age at death____________

N35* 14.234
W080* 50.796
J.B. Ivey owned a large upscale department store in Charlotte but he pulled the blinds over the display windows on the “Sabbath.” J.B.’s death year__________

N 35* 14.253
W080* 50.721
George Miller was a slave early in life although he died free. He was about 75 years old when he died. What was George’s death year____________

N 35* 14.348
W080* 51.104
Lieutenant Louis Holmes Anders served in Viet Nam. He was buried under a spreading tree. The homeless in the area set up housekeeping under this tree hanging pots and pans from the limbs and magazines and lawn furniture in the branches with tarpaulins draped over all. They were discovered and housekeeping stopped.
Anders death year_______

N35* 14.258
W080* 50.820
This is the final resting place of a former Governor, U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressman.
He was an advocate for GOOD ROADS in the Twentieth Century. His property and farm would later become the South Park Area. Governor’s death year___________

N35* 14.230
W080* 50.795
Charlotte’s response to Hollywood. This tall, handsome actor lived in Fourth Ward and later in Dilworth. He drove to California and became an actor where He starred mainly in Western films as Ronald Reagan did. Randolph Scott’s death year___________

N35* 14.069
W080* 50.837
John King was killed by an elephant in 1880.
What was the name of the elephant that killed John____________
(Example: Bob, Jo, Falla, Rajah, Dumbo, Spot, Sue, Jumbo, Peggy)

To log this cache, you should total your column of four digit and two digit numbers above and e-mail to me as follows: Your total separated by a slash and followed by the name of the elephant that killed John King. (Example: 12,345/Roger).


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