Monday, August 24, 2009

A record hunt comes to a close...

The capsule has been found after a one week and three day long hunt.  Congrats to Bill.  This was a good hunt, I think.  There were a lot of people emailing, texting and posting on the blog about where they had been, their travels and what their concept in finding it was.  This hunt was an exercise in persistence and bizarre travels.  

The capsule was found on the western bank of the Chicago River where Agatite dead ends into it.  It was hidden under a bunch of leaves on the slope.  

The street, Agatite, doesn't seem to have an explanation for its name.  Donald Hayner wrote a book about street names in Chicago called Streetwise, but he was unable to come up with the reasoning behind this name.  There are some theories about its connection to the Acme Tap Line and it's hauling routes from Agatite to Acme, maybe a connection to the Worlds Fair buildings being made with large quantities of Agatite, but there doesn't seem to be anything  definitive.  Maybe one of you know the truth.

Thanks to all you who took the time to run around the city.  Our hope is that you have fun and one day find the capsule.  This week it will be out there again, waiting for you.


Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL


rachel said...

Congrats, Bill...your Half Acre is very well deserved!

Anonymous said...

my hat is off to Bill on this one. congrats

Brian said...

Dang, I definitely ran across a street history list (, but only searched for the words "origin" and "unknown". If I'd looked for "mystery" I would have been one case of beer richer!

Mike said...

Doh! My wife and I were so close. We only checked the east bank at Agatite. Nice work, Bill.

seeandyspin said...

Epic indeed.