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Providence Geocaching Adventure

St_Peter_GeocacheWe’re celebrating our 125th Anniversary by placing geocaches (pronounced “geo-cashes”) in locations that are important to our heritage and the history of our communities.

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. You can use any GPS enabled device to participate. What began in 2000, just south of us near Beavercreek, Oregon, as a simple hide-and-seek exercise, has become a world-wide phenomenon. Read more about the history of geocaching here >>

Why is Providence placing geocaches in the community?

Providence has a deep-rooted history in Olympia and the surrounding areas. The Sisters of Providence were among the first pioneers to settle this land and we’re proud they helped care for the brave men and women who were sick and injured or simply needed a warm place to stay for the night.

An 1887 letter to the editor of the Washington Standard writes, “A hospital has become almost a necessity in our midst, surrounded as we are by large logging-camps, sawmills, manufactures and a well populated country. We witness every year a large number of patients who receive insufficient attention in our hotels and boarding-houses, whilst every man knows that good care and kind nursing contribute much towards the patients’ recovery.”

Hospital construction began on April 7, 1887 and the rest, as they say, is history. We hope you’ll enjoy celebrating our heritage and have a little fun of your own.

Where can you find our caches?

If you’d like to learn more about geocaching we recommend watching this quick 2 minute video. Click here to watch the video >>

If you're new to Geocaching you may also find this webpage, titled Geocaching 101, helpful!