Mingo — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC30
by Kansas Stasher
Difficulty:
1
Terrain:
1
Location:
Kansas, USA
N 39° 16.677 W 100° 56.621
There was a cacher had a quest,
And Mingo was its name-O.
M – I – N – G – O
M – I – N – G – O
M – I – N – G – O
And Mingo was its name-O.
Mingo was its name-O
Mingo was its name-O

To most people it’s just a hole in the ground, next to a fence post, in the middle of nowhere. But to savvy geocachers, it’s a hole in the ground, next to a fence post, in the middle of nowhere, worth travelling hundreds (or thousands) of miles to find. 

Mingo started to earn its notoriety around 2005. This crew logs the cache in 2007.
Mingo started to earn its notoriety around 2005. This crew logs the cache in 2007.

We are of course referring to Mingo, the oldest active geocache in the world. Published on May 11, 2000, just eight days after the The Original Stash was activated, Mingo is the seventh geocache ever created. The publish date is notable since it is the missing link for many to complete their Jasmer Challenge grid.

The Caching Dead log their 2000th find at Mingo
The Caching Dead log their 2000th find at Mingo

Yes yes yes we know, it’s a buried geocache — which is a major Geocache Listing Guidelines no-no. But remember this cache was created six months before Geocaching.com was even born and is “grandfathered” because its age. 

BIG Mama K's big day!
BIG Mama K’s big day!

Should you venture to Mingo, don’t be surprised to find 20 or 30 parked cars on the side of the road. Many people make this a milestone-destination cache, logging their 1,000th, 5,000th, or 10,000th find at Mingo. Some people even celebrate their wedding anniversaries at the cache!

Mingo is a very romantic fence post
Mingo is a very romantic fence post

Logged over 5,700 times with 2,100+ Favorite points, this cache ain’t nothin’ purdy but look how happy these people are to be standing by a hole in the ground, next to a fence post, in the middle of nowhere:

MarcoIslandGirl(MIG) finds #1600
MarcoIslandGirl(MIG) finds #1600
This is what an AWESOME geocacher looks like
This is what an AWESOME geocacher looks like
GR8CACHERS at Mingo
GR8CACHERS at Mingo
That's TEN thousand, folks
That’s TEN thousand, folks
Long live Mingo!
Long live Mingo!
Long live MINGO!

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