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Orrin's Secret Gold - UJ2K

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Hidden : 10/11/2005
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Geocache Description:

The cache is a placed as a tribute to UtahJean, the legend of Utah geocaching, on the occasion of her 2000th cache find. Way to go UJ!
There is nothing hidden at the posted coordinates, although you may pick up an important clue at the posted location. Solve the puzzle below and head for the Golden Hill.

Orrin Rockwell Porter is known (and sometimes revered, sometimes demonized) in both LDS and gentile hagiography as the legendary Mormon frontier lawman / outlaw. There have been caches hidden in his commemoration. In these days of a virtual ban, it is a pity that a virtual cache doesn't mark his famous headstone, reading
"He was brave & loyal to his faith. True to the Prophet Jos. Smith. A promise made him by the prophet, thru obedience it was fulfilled."
The promise of course was that if Rockwell never cut his hair, he would not die violently, and the fullfilment was that just when Orrin was about to face a hangman's noose for double murder, he died a natural death, although perhaps hastened by alcohol. In any case, there are too many tales, some taller than others, which surround Orrin's name. Too many for one cache page. For the sake of this hide, we should concentrate on just one of these stories


Brigham Young discouraged prospecting for precious metalls, expecting, rightly so, that it would be a great challenge to hold on to the land and the people of Zion if a Gold Fever were to strike. But it is said that he entrusted Orrin Porter with secretly mining gold for the treasury of the young State of Deseret. A few books mention accounts of contemporary farmers about some activities of the sort somewhere South of Big Cottonwood Creek in the Wasatch foothills. Another book interprets aerial photography as an evidence of Orrin's secret mine works in Bells Canyon. But in the more recent times, nothing of importance have been mined in Bells. However, there has been prospecting for gold, along with limited production, further North. (Although one of the aforementioned sources claims that this gold mine was merely a stock scam by sertain Mr. Schmithrock, a baker turned mining executive, other sources imply that there has been gold production by his mines after all, and that his troubles with stockholders were simply caused by an age-old dividend vs. expansion dillemma).
Recently, I got hold of an old and seemingly undecipherable document, allegedly copied from the original from the secret vault of one of the early Quorums of 12 Apostles & dating back to the first years of the former State of Deseret. I suspect that it has something to do with the legendary gold diggings of Orrin Porter (at the location which I was able to come up with, there used to be a gold mine there in the more recent years indeed).
The cache location is bushwhack-free and the views are magnificient. It should be accessible year round except after the strongest snowfalls. The cache container is our trademark lychee squeezer jar, full of goodies, but missing the standart geocaching fact sheet at the moment. Please be careful rehiding the container so as not to squeesh the plastic by heavy rocks. Good luck!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[True coords:] ahzoref!
[Hide hint:] obggbz abegu

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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