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Bronze and Stone Multi-Cache

Hidden : 12/01/2003
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

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Geocache Description:

This multi-cache will take you on a walking tour of downtown Manchester's interesting collection of statues of historical figures. All of the answers and the solution to the final coordinates of the cache can be found on or around these structures made of bronze and stone.

You can drive to each waypoint, but it might be easier to find parking once near the first waypoint and walk the rest. You can do the waypoints in any order but the most efficient loop is to do them in the listed order.

Let's get started!

Waypoint A: City Hall
N42 59.458 W71 27.826

Welcome to Manchester! While the mayor probably won't come out to greet you, you will see his parking space, guarded by Gen. John Stark. John Stark was New Hampshire's most famous soldier, fighting in infamous battles at Bennigton and Bunker Hill. He also gave New Hampshire its motto, "Live Free or Die". There is also a park named after Stark at N43 00.873 W71 28.168 with a much larger statue of Gen. Stark, but it's not required to visit as part of this cache. The large building behind you, City Hall Plaza, is the tallest in Northern New England.

Locate the plaque below Stark and find the first word in the top left corner of it. The number of the first word is A.

1: Derryfield
3: Revolutionary
5: April
6: Brigadier

Waypoint B: Pulaski Park
N42 59.701 W71 27.514

Casimir Pulaski was a revolutionary war hero (especially to Manchester's many Polish immigrants) and "Father of the American Cavalry". Find the statue of him mounted on his horse in this park. The statue of him was placed as part of the WPA Federal Art Project and was created by New Hampshire sculptor Lucien-Hippolyte Gosselin.

There's a (false) urban legend that when a person is sculped on a horse, the number of hooves in the air signifies how the subject died. How many hooves is Pulaski's horse standing on? The number of the answer is B.

1: Two
2: Three
8: Four
9: Zero(!)

Waypoint C: Victory Park
N42 59.541 W71 27.620

This park is home to a World War I memorial as well as a smaller tribute to two locals who were killed in the battle of Iwo Jima. East of the park is the main branch of the Manchester Public Library. To the south is the Manchester Historical Society, which is an excellent place to visit to learn about the area.

Behind and at the bottom of the tall WWI memorial is an opened book, cast in bronze. Lucien-Hippolyte Gosselin also created this impressive monument.

Find the last word on the bottom right of the book to determine C.

1: Eternity
2: Mankind
8: Bravery
9: Nation

Waypoint D: Bronstein Park
N42 59.458 W71 27.370

This park contains the oldest memorial on our tour. It remembers the Spanish-American war and other military campaigns in Puerto Rico, The Phillipines and China from 1898 to 1902.

To find D, determine the year of this memorial's dedication.

1: 1929
2: 1903
6: 1905
9: 1919

Waypoint E: Veterans Memorial Park
N42 59.318 W71 27.718

This park, in the heart of downtown Manchester, is the venue for many civic events. The large (currently dry) fountain in the southeast corner honors men who served in World War II.

One of the four men has his hand tucked into his shirt. To determine E, find the state this statue was forged in.

2: New Hampshire
3: New York
5: Vermont
7: New Jersey

Waypoint F: The Millyard
N42 59.499 W71 28.053

You are now entering Manchester's industrial past. At one time Manchester's millyards were the largest in the world. On the way down you may have passed row houses which have now been mostly converted to office space. These buildings used to house the immigrant workers who worked in the mills across the street. No commute for them! The Mill Girl is a symbol of people who made Manchester a productive industial city under difficult working conditions. Many of the mills have been renovated are now the home of hi-tech companies like DEKA Research, where the Segway Human Transporter was born.

Find the plaque behind the Girl and answer the following question to find F. How many women worked in the the mills in 1880?

1: 4296
5: 3385
7: 5847
9: 2703

The Cache
N42 59.ABC W71 28.DEF

The final coordinates for the small tupperware container are N42 59.ABC W71 28.DEF. To check your answers, A + B + C + D + E + F should be 18. The container might be difficult to access when there is snow on the ground, but still should be possible. It's not in the bushes and you don't need to break down even little doors.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of Manchester and learned something along the way.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)