Prairie Spaceship - REPLANTED  LbNA # 26914

Placed DateNov 6 2006
LocationChampaign, IL
Found By TeachJR
Last Found Oct 18 2013
Hike Distance?
Last EditedDec 13 2015

Some said it looked like a flying saucer had landed on the University of Illinois south campus. Built by alumnus Max Abramovitz, this structure is actually one of the world’s two largest edge-supported domes. Since it opened in 1963, this venue has hosted sports and entertainment events from Monster Truck rallys to Broadway shows. Even Elvis Presley performed here. And let’s not forget, this hall is home to Illini Basketball.

When you find the “spaceship,” Proceed to the Fourth Street entrance to Mt. Hope Cemetery. Follow the road looking for the Mark Carley 1872 crypt on the right.

Continue to the next crossroad (paved) and turn left. Turn left again at the next crossroad (gravel). You will see Burnett on the left and Unger on the right. Drive past the Staley obelisk on your right. Stop when you see Dollinger and Peterson on the right.

Find the Phillips headstone on the right next to a large evergreen. Facing the stone, step back 2-3 feet and look into the tree at chest or chest height--about 4 feet from the ground. There you will find the vines clutching Prairie Spaceship.

You’ll need your own pen and stamp pad. Please carefully replace the box. It should remain secure as long as it is replaced securely within the vines.

Please remember this is a cemetery and treat it with respect.

Good hunting!