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Porterville History on the Chippewa River Trail

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Hidden : 3/2/2006
In Wisconsin, United States
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

There once was a small town here along the Chippewa River, that relied on the lumber industry. All that remains is a historical plaque, a scenic view of the river, and a few lilacs.

This is the site of "Old Porterville" just before mile marker 6 along the Chippewa River State Trail. The historic marker has a picture of what could be seen in 1885 here, and a description of how Porterville went from boom town to ghost town.

To find the final cache, read the historical plauque at the coordinates above. The final is at:


A = The fourth digit in the year the last Porterville mill closed
B = Number of mills at Porterville
C = Number of benches within 50 feet
D = The third digit of the year the last Porterville mill closed
E = 7
F = The fourth digit of the year that Gilbert Porter settled at this location.

This is one of a series of caches along the Chippewa River Trail. The route traces quiet countryside and broad meanders of the Chippewa River. For the most part, it follows the rail bed of the Milwaukee Road railway, built in 1882, which connected Eau Claire to Red Wing, Minnesota. The railway was abandoned in 1980.

The trail goes though the Lower Chippewa River Valley, an area with much remaining natural habitat, including 50% of the states plant species, 70% of the state's fish species, 75% of the state's nesting bird species and 25% of all native prairies remaining in the state.

A trail pass is required to bike on the trail. Walking on the trail is free. Passes are available at 44.47.165; 91.31.935, which is the Short Street ranger station. Passes cost $15 for an annual pass, or $4 for a daily pass.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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