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Travel Bug Dog Tag Love Bug-Belle Plain Blue Glass

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Sunday, 22 December 2013
Texas, United States
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In the hands of dalyliaflores94.

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About This Item


This is one of a series of heart-shaped items obtained from different places and converted into travel bugs. They are named either for the places of their origin or for Texas Panhandle-South Plains towns with interesting names or histories.

Established in 1876, Belle Plain is six miles southeast of Baird in Callahan County.  Nelson Smith purchased state school land for the site in 1875.  He platted a town with wide streets and a designated business district.  The site was intended to become a commercial center for the county.  The name may originate with the name of the first child born at the townsite, Katie Belle Magee. 

By the summer of 1876, the town had three businesses.  The new town prospered, drawing new settlers along with citizens from Callahan City and other smaller towns.  It eventually had several stores and saloons, a stone jail, two fraternal lodges, eleven lawyers, and four physicians.  A newspaper was begun in 1879.  The population was never large (about 400 in 1884), but the town served as a regional supply center and exporter of wool, hides, and cotton.

The pride of Belle Plain was Belle Plain College.  It was founded in 1881 by  Methodist Church.  Peak enrollment reached 300.  The College developed a superior course of study with special  strength in music.  There was an orchestra and brass band, and a girls dormitory.  For boys there was a military branch that wore blue and gray uniforms. 

Both the college and community declined simultaneously.  When the railroad was built through Baird, some Belle Plain citizens moved to Baird.  In 1883 Baird became the county seat, and the population of Belle Plain diminished further.  The town's newspaper moved to Baird that year, and the stone jail was eventually disassembled and rebuilt in the new county seat.  The region was also damaged by the hard winter of 1884–85 and the drought of 1886–87. After a financial struggle, the college closed in 1892.  With the college gone, the county government lost and most of the population having moved away, Belle Plain was doomed.  In 1897 only four families and one small store remained in the area.

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Tracking History (216.2mi) View Map

Retrieve It from a Cache 03/11/2019 dalyliaflores94 retrieved it from Big Bertha Texas   Visit Log

Found this awesome trackable and will be moving it to a new location!!

Dropped Off 01/14/2019 teamchrinoda placed it in Big Bertha Texas - 81.37 miles  Visit Log

Found this guy just hanging out and lost. Left him with big Bertha. Good luck
-team Chrinoda

Grab It (Not from a Cache) 01/14/2019 teamchrinoda grabbed it   Visit Log

Found this trackable all alone on the road.
Finding a great home for it.

Write note 06/21/2014 Suzze&Grump posted a note for it   Visit Log

Dropped this one off today in GC1CMYA Travel Bug & Geocoin Waystation Revisited. Sorry for the delay and mixup. S&G

Mark Missing 06/17/2014 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Grab It (Not from a Cache) 06/01/2014 Suzze&Grump grabbed it   Visit Log

Sorry, we picked this one up along with another in 180 Gail West. It is headed on it's way today.
Happy Caching! S&G

Dropped Off 02/21/2014 shellbadger placed it in 180 Gail W (Borden Co, p 42 DeL) Texas - 60.09 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 02/21/2014 shellbadger retrieved it from Patriot TB Hotel (Lubbock Co, p 33 DeL) Texas   Visit Log

moving on

Dropped Off 01/14/2014 harrisonbell placed it in Patriot TB Hotel (Lubbock Co, p 33 DeL) Texas - 37.39 miles  Visit Log

dropped a bug!

Write note 01/12/2014 harrisonbell posted a note for it   Visit Log

prettiest bug so far

  •  late night caching. such a pretty bug
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