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Travel Bug Dog Tag Bead-Hawley Burgundy Gold Floral Glass TB

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Thursday, 17 July 2014
Texas, United States
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In the hands of debbily77.

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Please drop this item in rural OR Premium Member Only caches.  Do not place it in an urban cache or abandon it at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; the bag keeps the trackable clean and prevents tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take the travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission is needed to leave the U.S.

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About This Item


This is one of a series of large beads obtained from different places and converted into travel bugs.  They are named for Texas towns with interesting names or histories.

Hawley was once known Deming’s Bridge, after Edwin A. Deming, who constructed a crude bridge over the Tres Palacios River in 1857.  There had been a community in the area since the 1850s but it went unnamed until a post office opened in 1858, with Deming as postmaster.  Jonathan Pierce was the next postmaster and when his son Abel “Shanghai” Pierce received an appointment in the Navy through the efforts of Robert Bradley Hawley.   Pierce repaid his son’s benefactor by renaming the town in his honor.  Shanghai Pierce and his brother Jonathan had their ranch headquarters just south of the bridge around the time of the Civil War.  By the mid 1880s, Deming’s Bridge had a thriving population of 300 which grew to 500 by the early 1890s.

In 1903 the New York, Texas and Mexican Railway was advancing across the prairie and Jon Pierce donated land to insure the railroad would pass through the region.  The town of Blessing appeared that year and Hawley’s post office and Masonic Lodge moved to the new town, cutting Hawley loose to become an eventual ghost town.

Today the most notable reminder of the town is the well-kept Hawley Cemetery whose most famous resident is Shanghai Pierce.  His statue, ordered far in advance of his death, is one of the tallest landmarks in Matagorda County outside of Bay City.  Pierce, who was fiercely proud of his thrift, got the sculptor to give him a hefty discount and erected the statue in Blessing so that he could admire it before it was put to use when he died.

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Tracking History (9248.2mi) View Map

Visited 09/09/2018 debbily77 took it to Massachusetts 351 Challenge Massachusetts - 126.71 miles  Visit Log
Visited 08/14/2018 debbily77 took it to Intro to Nantucket Geocaching Massachusetts - 475.78 miles  Visit Log
Visited 12/18/2016 debbily77 took it to Table Rock Earthcache Ontario, Canada - 282.75 miles  Visit Log
Visited 11/30/2015 debbily77 took it to Big Fig California - 2,462.2 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 09/02/2015 debbily77 retrieved it from I Think I Can New Jersey   Visit Log

Here we go

Dropped Off 07/18/2015 Laemmles placed it in I Think I Can New Jersey - 36.03 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 07/17/2015 Laemmles retrieved it from WarDriving - Freehold New Jersey   Visit Log

Neat, will move this along soon!

Dropped Off 06/29/2015 trowel32 placed it in WarDriving - Freehold New Jersey - 173.34 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 06/20/2015 trowel32 retrieved it from The Corps of Discovery Idaho   Visit Log

Picked this up from "The Corps of Discovery" traveling cache while it was visiting in New Jersey. It's a neat TB and I like the history. I only wish I could look at it a little closer outside the plastic bag, which is sealed shut, but I understand it is there to protect it. Thanks for sharing it

Discovered It 06/20/2015 NJSquirrel discovered it   Visit Log

I saw you in The Corps of Discovery. Thanks for sharing

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