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Chaska: Walking Tour

A cache by Jonas and Julia Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 7/17/2005
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

A 13-stage walking tour of historic Chaska, “Minnesota’s Brick City.”

Chaska was settled by Europeans and Americans from the east coast beginning around the 1850s. It developed into a trade, service and governmental center, as well as the county seat of Carver County. Among the Dakota, “Chaska” was a name often given to the first-born male child.

Blessed with multiple deposits of quality clay, Chaska soon became known for its quality “Chaska Brick,” which can still be seen in buildings all around Chaska and for miles around the countryside. It was shipped to St. Paul on barges and later by railroad, and Chaska Brick was used to build part of the Minnesota State Capitol Building in St. Paul. In 1910, at the height of the industry, 200 laborers produced 51 million bricks. The brick industry in Chaska declined after about a century, due both to the depletion of the local clay supply and the mechanization of brick-making developing elsewhere. The unsightly pits from which the clay was mined have become wonderful lakes in Chaska’s parks.

The entire loop of this walking tour is about 2 miles, so expect to spend a few hours exploring the city. There are several good restaurants, cozy markets, and quaint antique shops to visit if you have extra time. Street parking is abundant, and there is a Park & Ride lot near the first stage. As with all city caches, use caution when crossing busy streets and at railroad crossings. At several stages throughout the tour you will gather information that you will need to find the final stage.

Tip: The final location is a good place for a picnic lunch!


Stage 1: Find the signpost titled Ports of My World. Proceed 325 feet in the direction of “NAF BARRENQUE, COL” to stage 2.

Stage 2: Find four words in large green letters on a wall: Convert all of the letters in the first word (W _ _ _ _ _) to their numerical equivalent (A=1, B=2, C=3, etc.) and add them together. Call the total SUM2. Subtract 64 from SUM2 and insert the remainder into the north coordinates. Subtract 82 from SUM2 and insert the remainder into the west coordinates to find stage 3.
N 44°47._ _3
W 093°35._62

Stage 3: In front of you is the C. P. Klein Mansion, built by Christian P. Klein in 1911. The building served as City Hall from 1967 to 1988. Now it is home to the Chaska History Center and an office of the Second District congressman. There are two styles of columns around the exterior of the building. How many of the columns are Ionic? (Hint: Ionic columns are characterized by scrolls on the capital.) Call this number COL3 and insert it into the north coordinates. Subtract 1 from COL3 and call this number B. Add 63 to B and insert the total into the west coordinates to find stage 4.
N 44°47._34
W 093°35.9_ _

Stage 4: This building was once the home of one of Chaska’s more prominent citizens, Charles H. Klein, who built it in 1910. Klein was well established in the brick and banking businesses, he served as a legislator from 1903 to 1912, and he was chairman of the school board for 20 years. From 1967 to 1988 the C. H. Klein Mansion served as a public library, and it is now a bed and breakfast. What kind of animal is the business now named for? _ _ _ _ _ _ _. Convert the third letter of the word to its numerical equivalent and insert its value into the north coordinates. Insert the value of the sixth letter into the west coordinates to find stage 5.
N 44°47._22
W 093°35.9_7

Stage 5: This is the Linenfelser & Faber Building, the oldest business building in Chaska. In 1852 Florian Linenfelser and George Faber traveled to California to prospect for gold. They were successful, and returned to Chaska in 1857 to build this brick general store across from their home. What is the numerical address given on the side of the building? _ _ _. Call this number SUM5. Multiply SUM5 by 8 and add 9, then insert the total into the north coordinates and call it NUM5. Subtract 8 from NUM5 and insert the remainder into the west coordinates to find stage 6.
N 44°46._ _ _
W 093°35._ _ _

Stage 6: At the time we placed this cache, there was some construction in the area. However, to get to and from this stage we recommend that you follow the sidewalk along Chestnut Street/Hwy. 41 to avoid walking through private property. From this vantage point you can gaze upon the mighty Minnesota River, once called St. Peter’s River. From here, the river flows up to Fort Snelling, where it meets the Mississippi. Facing the river, what letter of the alphabet do you see in front of you? Convert the letter to its numerical equivalent. Call this number A. Multiply A by 3 and insert the product into each of the blanks in the north and west coordinates to find stage 7.
N 44°47.0_9
W 093°36.0_4

Stage 7: This building houses the oldest operating business in the city. According to the sign, what year was it established? _ _ _ _. Subtract 1717 from the year for the north coordinates, and subtract 1745 from the year for the west coordinates to find stage 8. Convert the last letter of the business name to its numerical equivalent and call this number C.
N 44°47._ _ _
W 093°36._ _ _

Stage 8: This building is called Simons Livery Stable. It is currently used for office space, but back in the day it was the equivalent of today’s parking garage. What is the building’s numerical address? _ _ _. Call this number NUM8. Add 7 to NUM8 and insert the total into the north coordinates. Add 770 to NUM8 and insert the total into the west coordinates to find stage 9.
N 44°47._ _ _
W 093°35._ _ _

Stage 9: This area of land has been designated as a public park since 1857. There is a six-sided plaque here with a lot of interesting information about the city. According to the plaque, who built the mounds? THE _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _. Convert the letters of all three words to their numerical equivalent and add them together. Call this number SUM9. Add 51 to SUM9 and insert the total into the north coordinates. Subtract 88 from SUM9 and insert the remainder into the west coordinates. How many mounds were here originally? Call this number D.
N 44°47._ _ _
W 093°36._ _ _

Stage 10: This building, on the National Register of Historic Places, was once the Brinkhaus Livery Stable. Today it houses the Chamber of Commerce and the Chaska Historical Society. What year was it built? _ _ _ _. Subtract 1590 from the year and insert the remainder into the north coordinates to find stage 11. How many exterior lights are on the front of the building? Add 5 to this number and call the total E.
N 44°47._ _ _
W 093°36.158

Stage 11: This building was once a steam-operated flour mill. This was in contrast to the other mills in the city, which were powered by Chaska Creek. The oldest brick part of the building (right) was built in 1897, and the addition on the left was built in 1903. Today it houses office space, shops and a restaurant. How many small brick columns hold up the length of the porch? _ _. Call this number COL11. Multiply COL11 by 26 and add 3. Insert the total into the north coordinates. Multiply COL11 by 8 and insert the product into the west coordinates to find stage 12.
N 44°47._ _ _
W 093°36._ _ _

Stage 12: The “lake” here is actually two of Chaska’s original six clayholes, the result of many tons of clay being excavated to be used in the brick industry. Here you can find the sculpture Break’s Over, a public art tribute to Chaska’s brick legacy. What year was the sculpture erected? _ _ _ _. Take the last digit of the year and call this number F.

A=__ B=__ C=__ D=__ E=__ F=__

For the coordinates to the final stage, insert the values of the letters A-F gathered from previous stages into the coordinates below. Terrain will be most friendly by first heading west.

N 44°47.FDE
W 093°36.ABC

The final stage has a higher terrain rating than the rest of the stages, but should not be too difficult unless conditions are particularly wet. Please rehide the cache so that it is not visible from any direction.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

N fznyy pbyyrpgvba bs gerr gehaxf

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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