Another Graveyard Cache in Spring Creek Nature Preserve?
You may rightly wonder why I've added another graveyard themed cache to the Spring Creek Nature Preserve. Well, it turns out that there are two separate graveyards hidden within the Spring Creek Nature Preserve.
The Routh Cemetery is featured in Beyond The Grave. It was established by Jacob Routh in 1852, for use by his family and the community he helped establish here. (Jacob Routh was one of the true pioneers of the Dallas area.) It's the final resting place for about 200 people, the last of whom was interred here in 1922.
Oddly enough, though, Jacob Routh isn't buried in the cemetery he founded. Instead, Jacob, his wife Lodemia, and their two unmarried daughters Rose and Clara, are buried in a tiny cemetery about 0.13 miles from the Routh Cemetery. This cemetery, the Routh Family Cemetery, was last used in 1962, for Clara Routh. There's at least three other plots in the Cemetery - can you find them?
I'd known about this cemetery for some time - it's mentioned in Right Side of the Tracks, but I only visited it a couple of days ago. I think it's in a pretty area of the park, and it's kind of fun to find. So I decided a decon-kit sized cache would be just about right for this small place, and so that's why this cache is here. The cache is near the cemetery, but not in it.
Original cache contents are tiny things, suited for a tiny cache by a tiny graveyard:
Unregisterd, unactivated travel bug dog tags
Tiny Streamlight LED Keychain Light
Pair of Lithium AA Batteries
Tiny Digital Clock
Mini highlighter pens
Mini tape dispensers
Mini post-it notes
Mini logbook with mini-pen
By the way, if you take the travel bug tags, please email me when you launch the travel bug - I'd love to see what you create!
Despite the small size of the cache, I do hope you'll find something you like! I think the area around the graveyard is nice. It offers kind of a pretty overlook of the creek and the trail through the park.
If you park at the suggested parking, you'll have about a 1.5 mile hike, but other, somewhat shorter, approaches are possible. Some are easier, some are more difficult.
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Parking Lat: 32.59.820 Long: 96.42.491 ~ Mapquest