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Travel Bug Dog Tag Bead-Lobo Olive Brown Gray Stone TB

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Saturday, 13 July 2013
Texas, United States
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Please drop this item in rural or Premium Member Only caches.  Do not drop it in an urban cache or leave it behind at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; this prevents the chain and tag tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take this travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission needed to leave the U.S.

About This Item


Small Stone Donut Focal.  While the TB owner lives on the Southern High Plains in the Panhandle of northwest Texas, he has spent considerable time in what many Texans would call Far West Texas.  It remains a favorite part of the state.  Much of it is the Chihuahuan Desert.  In the desert are remotes outposts of civilization and even mountains that rise high enough to harbor junipers and pines.  This travel bug commemorates a favorite place in the region, partly because the history and partly because of memories.

Lobo’s  water had been discovered before the Civil War and the wells were the reason for the town to be on the San Antonio-San Diego Stagecoach Mail Route.  The water even seemed abundant enough to make the town a water stop for steam locomotives in the 1880s.
The town lost population after the seat (Culberson County) went to Van Horn in 1911.  When the population approached 90 people, the water table fell.  The population was estimated at 40 in the mid 1970s when a man named Bill Crist bought the entire town to revive it, but it failed.  In 1991 Lobo was abandoned by its last residents.  It remains on private property. 
The history of the little community is interesting enough, but the writer’s interaction with the place was to find a trail along the west side of the Sierra Vieja in the late 1960s.  We were told the Lobo postmistress might have some information.  She did know of a track, but more than that she regaled us with some history of the area we intended to travel.  She reported that Jay Gould (the railroad developer and speculator) built a railroad with Chinese laborers from the Lobo siding to a seam of coal on the west side of the Sierra Vieja.  Gould sold stock in the mine but it was never developed.  The tracks were pulled up and Gould wend off to something else. 
We took off and found much of the trail on the old railroad bed; we followed it through a tunnel to an old trestle.  We scrambled across the trestle and explored the shaft; it was little more than an extended adit.  However, it had extensive use by bats, judging by the guano.  We continued our trip southward, and with some road repair here and there we passed through the communities of Candelaria and Ruidosa then on to Presidio.  We tried to repeat the trip some years later and found our way blocked by a new fence and a locked gate.

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Tracking History (5865.8mi) View Map

Mark Missing 08/26/2016 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Dropped Off 07/22/2015 prairieview_IL placed it in Old Overhead Bridge Illinois - 2,438.8 miles  Visit Log

Dropped off in one of my caches today. Before dropping off, I put in a new bag (the old one had several holes in it) and printed its Mission and enclosed that in the bag as well. I also toured it around my property and it got to see my landscaping, beehives, and most important the old railroad right-of-way that my cache is located on! (Since this TB has some association with old railroads I thought this would be a happy place for it!) Happy travels to this TB.

  • Landscaping
  • Beehives
  • Railroad Right-of-Way
  • Railroad Right-of-Way
  • Getting Ready to Hop in the Cache
Retrieve It from a Cache 06/30/2015 prairieview_IL retrieved it from The Mountain King - TB Hotel Alaska   Visit Log

We were on an Alaska cruise and grabbed this TB while doing a little caching in Juneau. Brought it home with us and since I see it hasn't been in Illinois I'll drop it in one of my caches (and believe me, it doesn't get much more RURAL than our intended cache). I'll get some pics too. I have quit trying to put TB's out there, seems they always get lost or stolen, I'll take good care of this one and hopefully it can continue on its journey. Oh and guess what - it's an old railroad bed, we bought almost a mile of it a few years ago. when I drop it you'll be able to read the history on the cache page.

Discovered It 06/28/2015 BonnieK discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered this because I have a bad habit of picking up trackables and forgetting that I have them. Thanks for sharing!

Discovered It 06/27/2015 davidaknz discovered it   Visit Log

Cache owner checking on the TBs listed on the inventory for The Mountain King, Juneau, Alaska. This is in the cache and ready to move.

Dropped Off 06/25/2015 J&J Team Yukon placed it in The Mountain King - TB Hotel Alaska - 777.97 miles  Visit Log

Please move along.

Visited 06/21/2015 J&J Team Yukon took it to Blackberry Patch British Columbia, Canada - 1,589.69 miles  Visit Log

Visited Blackberry Patch (GC56TQG)

Visited 06/15/2015 J&J Team Yukon took it to Cache or Treat--Spider Jar Oklahoma - 7.96 miles  Visit Log

Visited Cache or Treat--Spider Jar (GC3Y53J)

Visited 05/16/2015 J&J Team Yukon took it to Hidey Hole Oklahoma - 4.36 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 05/12/2015 J&J Team Yukon retrieved it from P&G in Mustang Oklahoma   Visit Log

Will move along.

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