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Hay Lake School and Erickson Log House Museum

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Hidden : 5/5/2006
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Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

The Hay Lake Museums one mile south of Scandia at Historic Corner include the old Hay Lake School and Johannes Erickson Log Cabin. The museums are just east of the corner of Olinda Trail N (County Road 3) and Old Marine Trail. The Scandia museums open May 2nd for the season.

After several years of school being held in local homes, the school was moved into the old Elim Lutheran Church building. The school used that structure, which is now a part of the Gammelgarden complex, until this brick school building was built.

The Hay Lake School was constructed at the turn of the century in rural Washington County school district #2.

Hay Lake School was used by Washington County Rural School system until 1963. The building then sat empty and boarded up until 1970 when a group of citizens, many of who graduated from the Hay Lake School, decided to clean the school and start giving tours of the building.
The school was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 1, 1970. In 1974 the Washington County Historical Society took over the schoolhouse and in 1978 the Society purchased the school from the Forest Lake School District.

The log house was constructed by Johannes Erickson and his thirteen year old son Alfred. There were many good times and bad times for the immigrant Erickson family in the log home. In 1904, Alfred constructed a nicer home and the old log home became at various time a granary, garage and playhouse.

In 1974, the Washington County Historical Society purchased the old log house and moved it one and a half miles to its present site. The Erickson Log House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 17, 1976.

To find this cache, walk around and read-
1. When the log house was built
2. When the Hay lake School Dist. was organized.

Have fun!
ABC = 2769 – (When the log house was built)
XYZ = 2168 – (Date the Hay Lake School District 2 was organized)
(Subtract the two dates to get the final 3 digits)

Final coordinates:
N 45° 13.ABC
W 92° 49.XYZ

I hope you enjoy my first multi-cache! The cache is near by.... and winter friendly!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

[Cache Hakui-]

lbh jnvg gb unat zr,

fgbvp ivtvy ba gur oenapu,

nu na beanzrag.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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