This cache is placed as part of the Crystal Lake 100-Years Geocoin Challenge
created to celebrate Crystal Lake's centennial anniversary of incorporation (1914-2014). The Challenge will take you throughout the city where you will discover twelve (12) hidden caches and explore some Crystal Lake history along the way. Be one of the first 250 geocachers* to complete the Challenge and receive a limited edition trackable CL100Years Geocoin.
The Crystal Lake 100-Years Geocoin Challenge Passport contains instructions, a list of the geocaches, and designated areas for recording the code words you discover in each cache. You can print your Passport HERE
or pick one up in the specially marked box located just outside the front entrance to Crystal Lake City Hall at 100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014.
Here are the 12 caches: GC4XNGQ
*limit one per registered geocaching account/household please
------------------------------code words are located on inside cover of logbooks------------------------------
Image provided by Crystal Lake
This cache is located in the historic Union Cemetery which was created in 1888. The two villages, then known as Crystal Lake and Nunda each contributed $750 to purchase 10 acres of land needed for public burial ground. The following year, a monument featuring a Union Soldier statue was erected to honor veterans of the Civil War and now serves as a memorial to veterans of all wars.
Over the years, the zinc soldier's condition was deteriorating causing him to lean backwards. In 2006, he was taken down to be restored. The Crystal Lake Historical Society spent six years raising funds for the restoration which included replacing his interior support system and constructing a new rifle to replace the original one that had been vandalized years ago. The soldier was returned to his place atop the monument in 2012.
Each side of the monument names four major Civil War battles: Gettysburg, Stone River, Vicksburg, and Shiloh. The names of 379 area veterans and their military units are inscribed on the memorial, including veterans who served, died, or were taken prisoner during the Civil War, and surviving area veterans of the War of 1812. For more information about Union Cemetery & the Union Soldier monument, visit the Crystal Lake Historical Society.
The posted coordinates will take you to the monument. Answer the following questions to reach the final cache:
• What is the ILL Inf[antry] number for the 84 men listed who served at Vicksburg? = A _________
• How many "Veterans of 1812" are listed at lower right on Stone River side? = B __________
• W.J.S. Rathbone & J. Hunter were in what ILL Cav[alry] at Gettysburg? = C __________
• What is the sum of the number equivalents (i.e., a=1, b=2, c=3...) for the two letters that are transposed in the misspelling of "American Bronze Co Chicago ILL", found at the lower left base on the Vicksburg side? = D __________
N 42 14.XUY W 088 19.XZT
T = B divided by 3
U = D minus 20
X = A minus 90
Y = B
Z = C divided by 2
Cemetery hours are 7:00am to 8:00pm April through September, and 7:00am to 5:00pm October through March. Please be respectful of the cemetery grounds, occupants and other visitors. In heading to the final, you'll be able to stay on the paved roadway, then walk along the outskirts without having to pass through gravesites.