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Oriana Page #7
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Go to the middle of no where and turn right, or was it left. Ratings are high due to this cache being in the middle of nowhere, as are several of my caches around these parts.
The name was cobbled together from Ora Reese and Anna ("Annie") Patterson, daughters of Will Reese and J. D. Patterson, local landowners who donated land for the railroad right-of-way. The community was granted a post office in the Spring of 1901. Other businesses in the fledgling community were a gin and a store.
Another nearby community named Antioch saw the advantage of having a railroad connection, so they merged with Oriana, however both populations eventually moved to Peacock. The post office moved to Peacock in early 1918 and the town's school merged sometime around 1930. By the mid-1930s, only four people were left, however, the 1945 population of Oriana was listed as 20 - with one business hanging on.
The railroad (originally the Stamford and Northwestern and after 1952 as the Fort Worth and Denver Railway) pulled up tracks in the late 1960s. It was said the railroad had a bridge running alongside the one shown above.
Ok, now about the cache. You are looking for an ammo can on top of the little bluff overlooking the Salt fork of the Brazos. It has all the regular caching goodies, plus a couple of travel bugs to help along. There is also a cache at the Oriana cemetery.
Find the bridge and you will be almost there.
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Last Updated: on 12/20/2017 5:11:38 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (1:11 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum