The Claremont Colleges  LbNA # 8792

Placed DateJun 21 2004
CountyLos Angeles
LocationClaremont, CA
Planted Bymoderndulcinea    
Found By WafflesParty
Last Found Oct 11 2015
Hike Distance?
Last EditedOct 10 2015

The Claremont Colleges are a group of five undergraduate and two graduate schools. They are unique in that each college is independent, with its own faculty and curriculum, yet the colleges are also connected and work together. This way, a student in any of the colleges can reap benefits from all of them. Another unusual aspect of the Claremont Colleges is that the campuses are adjoining. If you’re a college campus junkie, walking through Claremont will give you a taste of many different styles of buildings, landscaping, and student artwork. The Claremont Colleges include: Pomona, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and the Keck Graduate Institute.

In honor of the Claremont Colleges, I’ve placed letterboxes inspired by some of my favorite books.

------Anne McCaffrey’s "Dragonflight"------

Drummer, beat, piper, blow,
Harper, strike, and soldier, go.
Free the flame and sear the grasses
Till the dawning Red Star passes.

(Dragonflight, Chapter 1)

This box is on the Claremont Graduate University campus. First, find a map of the university’s buildings ( Look for the building where you’d be most likely to see Menolly, Piemur, Sebell, and of course, Robinton. If you’ve never read McCaffrey’s Pern books, the poem above might give you a clue.

Once you find the building, stand on the steps on the southwest side, facing the jumping water. Turn left. Look for the parking space fit for a “king.” Just to the west of that space is a street lamp. Lift the base of that street lamp. The letterbox is inside, on the south side. You may have to feel around a bit: magnets are involved. Once you have the box, the benches nearby are a great place to stamp in!

NOTE: This is an area bustling with people, especially when class is in session. It’s best to go in the evening, over the weekend, or during a school break (summer, holidays). You may want to rest a backpack or bag or something on the light pole base and act like you’re rummaging through it while lifting the cover.

------Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway"------

"...when it came to that scene in the little garden by the fountain, she had to break with him or they would have been destroyed, both of them ruined, she was convinced; though she had borne about with her for years like an arrow sticking in her heart the grief, the anguish."

(Mrs. Dalloway)

Which campus is this letterbox hidden on? Here's a clue: Virginia Woolf was a great supporter of education for women.

The box is hidden in a place very like the setting of the above quote. It is closed on weekends and holidays, so you must visit it between 7am and sunset on weekdays.

Once inside, look for "MCMXXXIV" in marble between the orange trees. To the right, you'll see a red urn...

"Then came the most exquisite moment of her whole life passing a stone urn with flowers in it. Sally stopped; picked a flower; kissed her on the lips. The whole world was turned upside down!"

...and to the right of the red urn you'll see a green pipe. Wedged in a corner behind the pipe is the letterbox. Please be careful to put it back out of sight. On your way out, take time to view the murals. The painter died while working on them and his sketches and half-finished works were preserved.