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BPL: Home Town Ties - OU005E


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N 43° 58.160' W 88° 56.853' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Wisconsin
 Cache Type: Unknown type
 Size: Small
 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 23 August 2010
 Date Created: 26 August 2010
 Last Modified: 29 November 2010
 Waypoint: OU005E
 Also Listed On: Geocaching.com


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This cache is located within the Berlin Public Library and is a little "old school" for those of us that remember checking out books prior to barcodes.

Your task is to locate the following book
"Home Town Ties - Berlin, Wisconsin 1848-1998"

The log is located on the back cover of the book.

There are a number of copies of this book within the Berlin Library but the hint below will narrow it down to 2 possibilities stored side by side that should always be in the library (Hint: The "Reference" section is on the 1st floor on the east side of the building.)

The book has 265 pages of Berlin history so feel free to grab one of the nearby seats and spend some time paging through the book. There are also numerous copies of this book available for checkout from the Winnefox Library System if you'd like to borrow it for a while.

Library hours are listed on their website and change based on the time of year.

Excerpts from the book

Berlin's roots go deep -- back to 1634 when the French explorer, Jean Nicolet, became the first white man to visit the large Mascoutin Indian village near Berlin. French voyageurs made the Fox River a vital trade route and , in 1672, Louis Joliet and Father Marquette camped here on their "Voyage of Discovery" down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

In 1846, nearly 200 years later, the present bridge-crossing site became Strong's Landing. In 1848, the year the post office opened, the City of Berlin was founded. For decades, the city's progress and growth was largely dependent on the Fox River. Daily steamboat trips to Oshkosh and other ports began in 1854 and continued until 1890.

Railroad service from Milwaukee began in 1857. An important area industry was the quarrying and shipment of street paving blocks.

Cranberries grown on nearby marshlands made Berlin a major packing center with thousands of barrels shipped annually.

With a population of only 250 in 1850, the city grew to almost 2,800 by the panic of 1857, and after a brief decline continued to grow to 5,366 in 1990. Berlin's growth resulted from an influx of various ethnic groups: Germans, Irish, Poles, and Welsh joined the original New England settlers. Together they created a town with varied religious and educational institutions and distinctive neighborhood patterns.

Paddle boats no longer ply the Fox River between Oshkosh and Berlin, cigar making is no longer an important local business, and horses no longer trot around the track at the old Berlin fairgrounds. Those early days may be gone, but their legacy has left an indelible mark on our community.

Today's Victorian homes, built in the nineteenth century,, are part of that heritage. So is the fur and leather industry. So, too, are the many businesses, industries and community institutions that continue to operate today.

from "History of the City of Berlin, Wisconsin"

Permission has been granted by Christine Carroll (Library Co-Director) to place this cache.

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1 30 November 2010 The Searchers Found it

Stopped here today to read some history of the area.  Thanks for doing this cache because we probably would not have read this book with out it.  Lots of history here that we were not familiar with.

The Searchers

1 28 August 2010 glorkar Found it

Fun cache to find.  Had to wait a couple of days to get to the location while it was still open :)  I remember spending many summer days here just browsing through the sci-fi section.  Thanks for bringing back some fond memories!