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Jeeper Jimmy: Guess it's time for this to go. Nobody seems to be interested any more in anything but 'Park and Grabs'.


Birch Creek Valley

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Hidden : 05/28/2004
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

The above listed coordinates are not the coordinates of the final cache. A monument once existed here with information about an Indian Massacre which occurred August 15, 1877. Finding this cache requires that you use this date to determine the final cache location in accordance with the following instructions:

The Nez Perce War began in the early summer of 1877; The Nez Perce Indians began a long, tortuous journey that would ultimately end in the bitter cold northern reaches of Montana. There is too much to the events of this journey to be included here, but if you are interested in an accurate history of this war, we encourage you to read “I Will Fight No More Forever” written by Merrill D. Beal and published by the University of Washington Press. The war actually began when three young Indians attacked and killed a number of white men to avenge the deaths of and cruelty to some members of their tribe. The Nez Perce Chiefs knew there would be retaliation and began a long trek who’s destination was originally the Bitterroot Valley in Montana but which would ultimately be changed to an attempt to reach their friends in Canada. They fought a number of battles along the way, in most of which they were the decisive victors. In August of 1877, they were surprised at dawn and fought a fierce battle at the Big Hole River in Montana. There was no clear winner, but the Indians lost a large number of their people including many women and children. They finally escaped to the south and crossed into Idaho over Bannock Pass.

In the Birch Creek Valley, on August 15, an advance Indian scouting party came across a freighting wagon outfit driven by Jim Hayden, Al Green and Dan Coombs, along with two unnamed passengers, two Chinese, and another man named Albert Lyon. During the evening, the Indians massacred the three wagon drivers as well as the two passengers. The Chinese, apparently, were unharmed. Albert Lyon survived by hiding in the willows and trees along Birch Creek and later escaping, eventually making his way to Salmon City. A welded monument--until 2008-- stood at the site of the massacre. This monument has now been destroyed, apparently because the word 'Massacre' gave somebody some heartburn (See photo in picture gallery). To claim this cache you must use the date of the massacre and determine when Jim Hayden died.

The cache is located at: N 44º (latmins)’, W 112º (lonmins)’.
To find the location of the cache, you must calculate the Latitude minutes (latmins) and Longitude minutes (lonmins) as follows:

To find (latmins), subtract 6.869 from day of the month that Jim Hayden died.

Latitude: 44° __________'

To find (lonmins), add 42.667 to (latmins).

Longitude: 112° __________'

Piece of cake, right?
(It's easy; Let the kids do it.)

This cache is a 30 cal ammo can.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Vg fher vf ybat!

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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