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Butte des Mortes' Hardware on the Yellowstone Trai

Hidden : 10/22/2005
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2 out of 5

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Geocache Description:

The highway now bypasses Butte des Mortes, but the route of the Yellowstone Trail can still be found on highway S. Take this route and discover the coolest hardware store in existance.

The coordinates above take you to the parking lot of a hardware store, known as Schettl's Freight Sales. As you approach the store you will see hundreds of roadside signs, plaster dinosaurs, chickens and other critters. Some of the stuff is new, most is old, and some is just old junk collected in front of the store, including several rusted old cars.

This store has the most amazing collection of so-tacky-it's-way-beyond-cool stuff littering the front yard and the indoor warehouse, including giant figurines of moose, dinosaurs, pigs, cows, elephants, whales, Elvis, happy hot dogs, and other things guaranteed to bring a grin to the most grizzled road warrior. According to the staff, this ain't no museum - most of the stuff is for sale.

I would check this out during the day, because there is so much to see. However, when the store closes, they put a big chain across the parking lot, and they said they dont mind folks looking for the geocache at night or when they are closed. I have placed the cache close to the road, so it is possible to visit this cache any time of day.

To find the cache, wander the grounds until you find the rusted out Ford pick-up truck. You will know you have found the right rusted truck, when you you see the mustached figurine in the driver's seat, and a raccoon with a bad eye in the passenger seat. You will also see several chickens in the back of the truck.

Once you find the truck, imagine what tree the truck would hit if it went forward 20 feet. The cache is in that tree. There is no need to touch or manipulate any of the property of the hardware store, as the cache is in the tree.

This cache was placed with the knowledge and kind permission of the M. Schettl Freight Sales managment.

For more information on the store, please see this site:
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This is one of several caches I have placed along the route of the historic Yellowstone Trail. The trail is a historic motor route that went across Wisconsin from 1918 to 1930. The Wisconsin portion of the Yellowstone Trail is 406 miles long, starting at the state line south of Kenosha and going north, and then west to Hudson. The Wisconsin segment is just a part of one of America’s first transcontinental auto routes, a 3,754-mile long road that started in Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts and went to Puget Sound, Washington.

More information on the Yellowstone Trail, including maps can be found at
(visit link)

November 11, 2005 update: In the 1920's many towns along the Yellowstone Trail had a representative known as a “Trailman”, whose duties included providing information to travelers along the way. In the 1919 Yellowstone Trail route folder, Trailmen were described as being “…businessmen of standing in their communities, and will always be glad to welcome tourists and serve them in any reasonable manner.” Marc 54140 has offered to serve as the trailman for the Yellowstone caches in this area.

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