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The Temple of Tolerance - OU04CD

 Backyard attraction in Wapakoneta, Ohio featured on Roadside America.com

Hidden by  Mr.Yuck

N 40° 34.139' W 84° 11.077' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Ohio
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Time: 0:30 h   Distance to Travel: b.d.
 Date Hidden: 04 July 2012
 Date Created: 05 July 2012
 Last Modified: 23 October 2012
 Waypoint: OU04CD

 


{{found}} 4 x Found
{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
{{comment}} 0 Comments
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3091 Visitors
1 x Rated
Rated as: N/A
{{recomendation}} 1 Recommendation
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Quick Cache Kid Friendly Wheelchair Access Limited Hours Listed on OCNA Only 

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Description   EN   

The coordinates on the top of the page are for the gate to the Temple grounds!! Use the 3 additional Waypoints to get there, and navigate around the grounds. Two of these Waypoints below are for your logging requirements, not that you probably couldn't find them without the GPSr.

 What is the Temple of Tolerance? Basically a large rock garden in Jim Bowsher's backyard in the small City of Wapakoneta, Ohio (Pop. 10,000). But it's not just your average small City residential lot, Jim has acquired large portions of all his adjoining neighbors backyards, and constructed his Temple, which is said to have taken 18 years to build.

 How was the Temple complex built? Jim acquired an Army Surplus dump truck, and collected all the materials himself. The boulders are said to be mostly unwanted Glacial Erratics from the fields of nearby farmers. Better they end up in Jim's backyard, rather than a lame excuse for an Earthcache, eh?

How do you get there? Jim's address is 203 S. Wood Street. However, you have to go down a couple houses to the entrance to a crushed stone alley (Waypoint given below), and walk a couple hundred feet to the gate to the Temple grounds (coordinates at the top of the page). You will be amazed by this rock garden, trust me. In addition to the main Temple (about 15-20 feet high), there is a Vietnam Veteran's memorial, and a "tree of life" built by local school children, as well as many other creations.


 

HOW TO LOG THIS VIRTUAL CACHE:

1) Proceed to the entrance to the stairway of the main Temple of Tolerance as shown in the picture above, and have your picture taken in front of it, or your hand holding your GPSr in front of it, if you wish. Coordinates below as an additional Waypoint, not that you should need them.

2) Find the large round red stone tablet being used as a table. This is not terribly far from the main gate. Coordinates listed below as an additional waypoint. It's also visible in the picture below of my Son holding (I presume) Jim's cat. Your logging password is the 4 digit year on the top of this round red disc.


Enjoy your visit! Many people meet Jim, but I personally did not, while visiting about 6:00 PM on a Sunday evening. There is a 5 star difficulty Geocaching.com cache here, which requires you to collect clues, and is said to take "a few hours". The Temple is not Waymarked, unless I do it myself later. Just Google Temple of Tolerance for plenty of reading. Not like there's another Temple of Tolerance anywhere! Wapakoneta is the birthplace of the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, and he graduated from Wapakoneta H.S. The City is home to the Neil Armstong Air and Space Museum, although I did not visit.

Additional Waypoints

 Symbol   Type   Coordinates  Description
Interesting PlaceN 40° 34.125'
W 84° 11.080'
 LOGGING REQUIREMENT. Have your picture taken here in front of the two round stones. 
Trail HeadN 40° 30.142'
W 84° 11.029'
 Intersection of alley and S. Wood Street 
Interesting PlaceN 40° 34.137'
W 84° 11.085'
 LOGGING REQUIREMENT: You need a 4 digit year off the red disc. 


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Log Entries    {{found}} 4x {{not_found}} 0x {{comment}} 0x      New Log Entry

1 19 November 2017 Long_Lost_Cacher Found it

Found it while doing a group cache.

1 21 July 2016 intrepid dyad Found it

Don't see ability to add an image. Have image on geocaching log for the challenge cache. Had to grab this one while here.

1 21 October 2015 Xero419 Found it

I love this place. Very relaxing and almost surreal. I really enjoy the atmosphere. Thanks for bringing us back here.

1 15 July 2015 Recommendation TommyGator Found it

What a neat place!  Mrs T. and I made a stop here, gathered the required info, spoke with Jim a bit (a very interesting guy!) but couldn't look around too much because a lot of the paths were flooded as a result of the recent heavy rains.  Although this Virtual is complete, we will definitely be back----hopefully in drier conditions.  Thanks for introducing us to this cool piece of Americana!
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Entering the Temple
Entering the Temple