Monday, June 21, 2010

Nunn's Park

Date Placed: June 21, 2010
Letterbox: Traditional
Carver: GreenJello
Planter: GreenJello
Location: Nunn's Park, Provo Canyon, Utah, Utah

Status: Active

**********NEEDS NEW LOGBOOK********** Not sure when I'll be back in the area, so if you're planning on going for this box, I'd sure appreciate it if you could bring a logbook along with you. Thanks!!

Nunn's Park is named after L.L. Nunn, a pioneer in the field of hydroelectric power, who became the operator of the first 44,000 volt hydropower plant in America harnessing the flows of the Provo River. Built on this site in 1897, the plant provided electricity for mining operations near Mercur, Utah. In time, Nunn sold his interests to Utah Power and Light, who eventually sold the ground to Utah County as a park site. Located alongside the Provo River Parkway and nestled in a grove of trees, Nunn's Park offers overnight camping, picnicking, fishing, biking, jogging, and just plain escape from the traffic of life. There are plenty of family campsites on a first come, first serve basis; a pavilion can be reserved for family or group use; there is a sand filled volleyball area, and open areas just right for contemplating nothing but your favorite pastime. If you look, there are even a few reminders of the century old power plant that once turned the lights on in a remote Utah mining town and put Utah and the Provo River in the electrical history books.

Directions: Take the Orem 800 North exit (#272) from I-15. Head east. It will eventually split; stay to the left and continue to head east up the canyon. Follow the signs to Nunn's Park, which will be on your right in about 5 minutes or so. (If you drive past Bridal Veil Falls, you've gone too far!) From the exit, head left and go under the road to find the park.

At the metal Nunn's Park gate, there are large rocks to the right and left of the road. Go to the left and look under the tallest one.

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