gundark2000 wrote:Yes, the state of SC has a ban on cemetery caches. It's not a law, but an agreement between the state gov't and the SC cachers that no cache container will be placed in or near any cemetery. From what I've heard, caching was almost banned altogether in SC back in 2005 (rumor?) There are still some virtuals in place though. I'm wondering if new vertuals would still be allowed (not that I'm planning on placing one in a cemetery) there's many historical areas and cemeteries that would be perfect for a virtual.
Not a rumor, a South Carolina State Senator really did propose legislation. Just cemeteries and historic and archaeological sites though, not all caching. I believe the State Senate actually passed it, but it died in the State House. There was an initial public hearing, which several prominent South Carolina Geocachers attended, and her staff (I remember for certain
it was a female senator) had their jaws dropping to the floor with damning evidence against Geocaching, mostly night caching logs and photos. To this day, almost every Groundspeak reviewer in America will require a "No Night Caching" statement in States where they are still allowed.
Now why did this all happen? Some guy placed a crazy amount of cemetery caches, especially
by 2005 standards when there were far far fewer Geocaches and Geocachers around.It was like 50 of them, a series. He changed his username in disgrace (an over reaction in my opinion), so I'd never be able to find the archived listings. Most of these were poorly maintained or abandoned, and the influx of visitors drew attention. And I'm not making this part up, many were "black" cemeteries, and a bunch of almost all white geeks with electronic devices visiting them really drew attention.
Don't mind me, I've visited the Geocaching.com forums almost every day since 2004. I do need to get a life. Then again, I do know stuff.