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Letterbox Hybrid

"B" is for Bear

A cache by BIGBROTHERBEAR
Hidden : 7/7/2013
In Iowa, United States
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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"B" is for Bear




Letterboxing is an intriguing “treasure hunt” style outdoor activity. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and post clues to finding the box online on one of several Web sites. However, clues to finding some of the most highly-sought boxes are passed around by word of mouth. There are about 20,000 letterboxes hidden in North America alone. Individual letterboxes usually contain a log book, an often hand-carved rubber stamp and may contain an ink pad. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox's stamp on their personal log book, and leave an imprint of their personal stamp on the letterbox's logbook .

Letterboxing is said to have started in England in 1854 when a Dartmoor National Park guide, James Perrott of Chagford, left a bottle by Cranmere Pool with his calling card in it an an invitation to those who found the bottle to add theirs. Eventually, visitors began leaving a self-addressed post card or note in the jar, hoping for them to be returned by mail by the next visitor (thus the origin of the term “letterboxing;” “letterbox” is a British term for a mailbox). This practice ended in time, however, and the current custom of using rubber stamps and visitor’s log books came into use. It caught on in the US in 1998 after an article in Smithsonian magazine.

Please leave the stamp
and
bring your own ink pad

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52 Logged Visits

Found it 38     Didn't find it 9     Publish Listing 1     Update Coordinates 3     Post Reviewer Note 1     

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Last Updated: on 9/22/2014 1:16:22 PM Pacific Daylight Time (8:16 PM GMT)
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum