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by MarshaAndBob
(Finds: 0  Score: 0)    (Hidden: 21  Score: 103.5)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 44° 45.186'   W 093° 18.962'
This may not be the actual cache coordinate.
Savage,   Minnesota   55378
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 24 Jun 2004
Waypoint (Landmark): N011B0
Open Cache:  Non-commercial use only
Cache type:  Multi-Part
Cache size:   Micro

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

Misc: No drinking water! There are restrooms (water closets) available Pets are allowed. Parking is available No fees!


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Silent Billy Goats Gruffy

One beautiful spring day Kitch and I decided to skip out on work and do some off-the-cuff caching in the area before the MNGCA meeting in Minneapolis. I had done most of the caches he tackled that day but I was happy to be along for the ride. We came to Arcticabn's Micro Madness #5 and I watched Kitch as he searched here, there, and everywhere for the cache with no luck. I was poking around the area and came eye to eye with a woman that lived adjacent to the cache site... She was concerned that we were neighborhood children up to "no good" and after I expressed interest in the area she took me on a tour of the park that we were in.

She told me a detailed story of the area before it became so developed. At one time it was a valley of rolling terrain and pine. Her husband and his friends roamed this area freely all the way from what is now Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve to "Billy Goat Bridge".

She wasn't sure when the bridge was torn down but she did know it was no longer there. "A shame", she said, "a great landmark with a great name." I hope that this cache will help to continue the legend that this landmark has become.

Newspaper articles and pictures of the bridge (artistic renditions and photographs) are available on my website here. Thanks to Jack Kennelly and the Dakota County Historical Society for the research material and great conversations about the history of Burnsville and the bridge!

Credit: Photographer Jack Kennelly, 1976, Minnesota Historical Society
Permission for personal use granted June 18th, 2004 by Debbie Miller (Reference Specialist/MNHS).

Sadly, Billy Goat Bridge has been replaced with a boring road-level railroad crossing because of the high cost of replacing the bridge (estimates ranged between 400 and 500 thousand dollars from the late 70s into the late 80s). The coordinates above take you to a informational road sign within safe viewing distance of the railroad crossing (even though I believe the tracks are no longer in use). You will probably not even have to get out of your car to get the necessary information. There are two words and a distance on it (ignore any letters after the distance). Take the letters in the two words and convert them to numbers (ie. A = 1, B = 2, Z = 26). The first word's total we will call (SUM1). To get the North coordinates:

N 44 45.000 + (SUM1 + 45)

Now add up the letters in both words and add the distance listed on the sign. We'll call that (SUM2). Multiply SUM1 by two, add SUM2, and add that to the existing West coordinates:

W093 18.962 + ((SUM1 * 2) + SUM2)

Once you get to the final location you will find a small micro with only a logbook. The final cache itself may not be reachable from a wheelchair but the entire trip can be made in one. Make sure to bring your own pencil. Please sign the log and replace the cache as best you can without being seen. This park is a high-traffic area on beautiful nights especially at sunset.

Thanks to rickrich for showing me the light on virtual multis and for directing me to the fine cache container I am using for the final.

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