Soash-A Historical Pipe Dream
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Soash Road east of it's intersection with US 87 in NW Howard County, Texas. Cache is at the intersection of E Soash Road and N Soash Road, 75 yards from the Soash Bank Building ruins. The cache is along the fence line at the corner of the two Soash Roads.
This cache was named because it is in the general vicinity of the location of ghost-town Soash, TX. W.P. Soash was a land developer and speculator who was trying for his third town in the panhandle and plains. He previously had promoted Olton and Ware Texas before his effort to start Soash.
He contracted with C. C. Slaughter to develop and sell 200,000 acres of land owned by Slaughter for the purpose of developing a farming community. Things went well at first with interested buyers coming by train to Big Spring from the Midwest. He transported them from Big Spring to Soash in 18 new Buick autos. To impress potential buyers, Soash erected a reinforced concrete building housing the Bank of Soash, a school building, and electrical generating plant and water works. Soash put out the money for potential buyers to attend a barbecue at Soash July 4th, 1909. Over three thousand people attend, most brought in by train to Big Spring and then put up in the Lorna Hotel in Soash, named for Soash's daughter. While in the vicinity, imagine 3000 people scattered over the area around the town location for the barbecue.
But the drought that began in 1909 and continued through 1911 caused the town to begin to fail and completely failed when the anticipated railroad did not go through Soash, but stopped at Lamesa, 22 miles northwest. Soash declared bankruptcy in 1912 and the unsold land went back to Slaughter. The post office closed in 1917 and the town died. The skeleton of the Bank of Soash is the only building left standing. It is on private property and has giant blocks of concrete hanging from rebar threads. VERY DANGEROUS. Landowners consider anyone approaching the bank building to be trespassers.
The cache is not located on private property. It is a decon container and has inside, nail clipper, super ball, King Kong miniature, decorative glass nodules, and key rings.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum