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cache type C.C.C. or Chicago's First Non-GC Cache cache size

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by greenback
(Finds: 23  Score: 88.5)    (Hidden: 18  Score: 63.5)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 06.173'   W 087° 45.943'
Northfield,   Illinois   60093
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 17 Sept 2003
Waypoint (Landmark): N00953
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Virtual
Cache size:   Virtual

Difficulty: gps (easy)
Terrain: gps (easy)

Misc: No drinking water! No restrooms (water closets) available Disabled access. Parking is available No fees!

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The Potawatomi called it the 'Chewab Skokie', meaning 'big wet prairie.' By 1933 the Cook County Forest preserve had acquired most of the marsh lands, and drew plans to convert it into a series of lagoons. When the Civilian Conservation Corps was formed in the 30s, ten companies were assigned to this project, the largest CCC project in the nation. Work continued til 1942, mainly by pick and shovel, creating seven lagoons connected by channels amounting to about seven miles of waterways. Workers were paid $30 a month ($25 of which was sent home to their families). Eventually, four million cubic yards of earth were moved by hand with wheelbarrows called 'Georgia Buggies'. Today, the water levels in the lagoons are controlled by a series of three low dams and a main control dam at Willow Road, just east of this cache.

Most visitors don't realize that the entire landscape isn't natural, but the result of a massive, hand-crafted 1930's 'terraforming' project. It looks like a great place to put in some more caches... what are you waiting for?

The Cook County Forest Preserves are in large part as grand as they are due to the work of the Civilain Conservation Corp. This site is a memorial to their efforts. It seems appropriate that geocachers should be aware of the efforts of the CCC seeing as we spend so much time enjoying these preserves.

To get credit for finding this cache email me Greenback@GoGeocaching.com with the date that the memorial was placed here.

I'm working on my first physical cache to be posted brand spanking new on navicache.com and I just remembered that I submitted this to GC seven months ago and they said I had to place a physical or offset. Well I sorta like the idea of a virtual cache, it's handicapped accessable which would be imposible otherwise.

Many thanks to my good buddie Genius Loci for his contribution to this cache description.










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I found it! 28 Dec 2003 by  Lindave  (Finds: 117  Score: 361.5)    (Hidden: 3  Score: 8.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Thanks, Greenback, for the virtual and bringing us over to this interesting area. We enjoyed the history lesson.
Lindave

I found it! 18 Sept 2003 by  Genius Loci  (Finds: 2  Score: 6.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Well, here's a First-To-Find on a first-in-area cache! Oh yeah, it's my personal first Navicache find, too!

Now, what about the cache itself? Well, I guess some cachers might call this a 'lame virtual'. It's oh-so-easy (a drive-up, really) and the location ain't gonna blow most people away. BUT - take a second look. The monument acknowledges the importance of the CCC in developing the Cook County forest preserve system, and that's nice, but I wish it told more, like...

The Potawatomi called it the 'Chewab Skokie', meaning 'big wet prairie.' By 1933 the Cook County Forest preserve had acquired most of the marsh lands, and drew plans to convert it into a series of lagoons. When the Civilian Conservation Corps was formed in the 30s, ten companies were assigned to this project, the largest CCC project in the nation. Work continued til 1942, mainly by pick and shovel, creating seven lagoons connected by channels amounting to about seven miles of waterways. Workers were paid $30 a month ($25 of which was sent home to their families). Eventually, four million cubic yards of earth were moved by hand with wheelbarrows called 'Georgia Buggies'. Today, the water levels in the lagoons are controlled by a series of three low dams and a main control dam at Willow Road, just east of this cache.

Most visitors don't realize that the entire landscape isn't natural, but the result of a massive, hand-crafted 1930's 'terraforming' project. It looks like a great place to put in some more caches... what are you waiting for, Greenback? - Genius Loci ('the Guardian Spirit of a Place')


 

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