Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Know Future posted a note for Round Mound of Sound (Multi-cache) 

Looked for this one after work. Got within a couple of hundred feet of the cache, but was reluctant to walk through yards and cross fences without knowing I have permission.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Dark Side of the Moon by Know Future 

N 37° 45.644 W 090° 26.380 (WGS84)
UTM: 15S E 725538 N 4182355

Welcome to a little known historical site that you would never find on your own – the old cemetery on the grounds of the State Mental Hospital No. 4 at Farmington, Missouri. Wander among the hundreds of rough wooden crosses – the unmarked graves of inmates who died in this institution – the final resting place for men and women who could not function in society, abandoned by families unable or unwilling to care for them.

The 40th General Assembly authorized the establishment of State Hospital No. 4 in Southeast Missouri in 1899, and appropriated $150,000 for purchase of a site and erection of buildings. In January 1903, Dr. William Hall, superintendent, admitted the first seven patients. The number of patients eventually grew to over 1,000 and the campus included a barber shop, drug store, post office, bowling alley, cannery, dairy, greenhouse, mattress factory, power plant and a graveyard as well as other required services.

The hospital has a bell in a place of honor just beneath the flag pole in the circle in front of the present facility. This bell has been put to a new purpose since it was found rusted lying in the weeds. Long ago it hung above the administration building at the Farmington State Hospital. Before telephones, it was used to summon employees. The bell now represents a replica of the official mental health bell in Baltimore, which is the symbol of the National Mental Health Association, NMHA, cast in 1953. The 300-pound official bell contains material from mental wards in each state including chains, handcuffs and other metal restraints formerly used to tie down mental patients. It bears the inscription: "Cast from the shackles which bound them, this bell shall ring out hope for the mentally ill and victory over mental illness."

In 1924 one of favored treatments was hydrotherapy, followed by lobotomies in 1940 and electro-shock therapy in 1942. In 1930 there were 1,080 patients in the institution and Dr. Emmett Hoctor was superintendent. He dedicated his life to the hospital and after he retired in 1978 he lived on the grounds until his death in 1986. Beginning in the mid-60's there was a steady decline in patient population due to new and improved treatment programs, increased treatment staff, new drugs and placement in the community foster homes and boarding/nursing homes. In 1987 the hospital buildings were converted into a prison and a new building was constructed nearby for the hospital. When it opened in July, 1987, it was renamed Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center.

You are looking for a black plastic film canister. The cemetery may be harder to find than the cache. There is no need to trespass. Follow Doubet Road to a small gravel lane that ends at the cemetery. A flashlight might be helpful.

Take your time. Touch things. Walk slowly and quietly among the grave markers, with your eyes open and your emotions unguarded. Soon you’ll begin to feel an overwhelming sense of sadness (or is it hopelessness?) about the place – the uneasy silence of tortured souls at rest. Is it haunted? Perhaps. It is said there are four children buried here, the products of illegal trysts among inmates. Why did they die so young?

How will this site affect you? Take a moment to record your thoughts and feelings. I think many interesting photos could be taken here. Please post and share your favorite pictures.

The lunatic is in my head.
The lunatic is in my head.
You raise the blade. You make the change.
You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane.
You lock the door and throw away the key.
There's someone in my head but it's not me.
- from “Brain Damage,” on “Dark Side of the Moon,” by Pink Floyd (1973)

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Know Future posted a note for Dark Side of the Moon (Traditional Cache) 


I don't why, but something tells me that if you visit my newest geocache, Dark Side of the Moon, something awful will happen to you. I can't explain it, but PLEASE! for your own good - STAY AWAY FROM THIS CACHE!!

Your Friend,

kNOw Future

Gosh, I hope Strider sees this message.

Know Future posted a note for ROADSIDE GEOLOGY - SIMMS MOUNTAIN FAULT (Multi-cache) 

Finally got the chance to make repairs. Stop #1 is back in place. Note that I've revised the coordinates by just a few feet. Also new hints, though you shouldn't need them.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Know Future posted a note for HIT ME! (Multi-cache) 

Ah, this was the only card I couldn't find when I checked a couple of weeks ago. I am beginning to realize what nasty, vindicative little SOBs that squirrels can be. Thanks for placing the container back to its proper spot. I'm going to have to figure out some type of squirrel-proof micro container.

Know Future posted a note for ROADSIDE GEOLOGY - SIMMS MOUNTAIN FAULT (Multi-cache) 

Looks like the work of the vicious rodent mafia that's been mauling my micros this spring. Thanks Mamalu for confirming this one. I'll replace ASAP.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Know Future found Spring House? (Traditional Cache) 

Snagged this one about noon today with Snoutpounder and Mr McGoo. This must have been quite an extensive place at one time. The spring is really moving. Thanks for pointing this hidden spot. I think I'll come back again next winter.

Know Future couldn't find Globe Cache (Traditional Cache) 

Snoutpounder and I thought we could bushwhack to this one from Spring House. We got within 0.13 mi but it just wasn't meant to be. McGoo got lost and we never saw him again. Will attack this one from another angle, another day.

Know Future couldn't find Boxer's Cache (Traditional Cache) 

Hunted this one with Snoutpounder and Bun_Rab, but too many people around and the tree canopy was too thick for a good coordinate lock. Mr McGoo showed up. This is a pretty park. I'll try this one again in the fall or winter.

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