MO Mule  LbNA # 52654

Placed DateMar 24 2010
LocationColumbia, MO
Found By OnAnAdventure
Last Found Oct 12 2015
Hike Distance?
Last EditedOct 13 2015

Note: The box is back in place. There's some mildew damage to the logbook, but in general it's fine. The container should be in good shape now.


From the Missouri Secretary of State’s web site: On May 31, 1995, Governor Mel Carnahan signed a bill designating the Missouri mule as the official state animal. The mule is a hybrid, the offspring of a mare (female horse) and a jack (male donkey). After its introduction to the state in the 1820s, the mule quickly became popular with farmers and settlers because of its hardy nature. Missouri mules pulled pioneer wagons to the Wild West during the 19th century and played a crucial role in moving troops and supplies in World Wars I and II. For decades, the Show Me State was the nation's premier mule producer.

According to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine’s Mule Club web site: Over the years the CVM has had three different mule teams. They are Hillda & Louise, Hillda & Louise II (Jill & Shirley), and Tim & Terry. Hillda and Louise are the mascots of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and live, along with Tim & Terry, in the pasture behind the College.

I enjoy taking a break from work when I can to hang out with the mules. This box is in their honor.


This has been simplified from the original clue.

Start your quest near the Rollins Street entrance to Clyde Wilson
Memorial Park. (This was formerly Rockhill Park.)
 Fortunately, the condition of the park isn't really a factore
in this clue, as it's the big gravel University parking lot (AV-9)
across from it that you'll be visiting.  If it is the weekend
or off-hours, you can generally park in this lot. During
business (school) hours you can find metered parking at the top of the
stairs marked for "AV-15/AV-10 or Meters". Don't take chances,
as parking regulations are well-enforced.

ONE: Go say howdy to any mules that are out; they're impressive animals.

TWO: Go the the south end of the parking lot and look for a sign indicating the trail is closed.

THREE: Identify where a row of parking blocks goes parallel to the tree line along the west edge of the parking lot.  From the first of these parking blocks, count your way north until you reach the 8th block.

FOUR: Stand between the 8th and 9th parking block facing into the tree line.

FIVE: Go about 15 paces at about 240 degrees to a concrete blob inside the tree line. (During summer, abundant honeysuckle foliage shields the blob making it harder for you to get to... but don't worry, you're tough and determined and will succeed!)

SIX: Look under the northwest edge of the blob for the beige box.

* I actually did some research in to what to call these things… They
are called different names by different vendors including “bumpers”,
“parking stops”, “parking blocks”, and “parking curbs.” At any rate,
they’re the precast concrete things at the end of each parking space.