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Travel Bug Dog Tag Love Bug-Matador Gold Large Acrylic

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014
Texas, United States
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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 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.  

Matador is a town in and the county seat of Motley County.] The population was 740 at the 2000 census. In 1891, it was established by and named for the Matador Ranch.  The Matador Ranch was consolidated in 1882 by a Scottish syndicate, and a post office opened in 1886.  At the end of the 19th century, townspeople freed the community from domination by the Matador Ranch, which was liquidated in 1951, by relocating non-ranch families there and electing their own slate of officials.  The community was incorporated in 1912 and made the county seat. The state required that a town have at least twenty businesses. Local ranch hands established fraudulent, temporary businesses using ranch supplies.  The only real business in Matador at the time was a saloon.  Matador’s highest population, 1,302, was reached in 1940.
Matador was also the home of Bob Robertson, a promoter without peer in his time.  In the 1930s he opened a service station which he topped with a oil derrick.  He advertised his business in unusual ways, having maintained a cage of live rattlesnakes for the amusement of tourists. He later added a small zoo of lions, monkeys, coyotes, and a white buffalo.  He paid long-distance truckers to place signs at strategic points across the United States.  The signs noted the mileage to Bob's Oil Well in Matador.  Robertson soon expanded his operation to include a grocery store, cafe and garage.  Robertson died in 1947, two weeks before a high wind toppled the derrick that had been his trademark.  The original building is still there and there is a cache at the site.

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Tracking History (9219.8mi) View Map

Write note 07/31/2016 Geogeek84 posted a note for it   Visit Log

This was not in the cache tonight but in its place was a different trackable.

Write note 07/31/2016 Geogeek84 posted a note for it   Visit Log

Off to the final frontier

Mark Missing 07/30/2016 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Dropped Off 07/01/2016 JnGU placed it in Bell Air Heigths' Very Own Kansas - 69.72 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 06/05/2016 JnGU retrieved it from BIG TREE. Kansas   Visit Log

This was a great find in the Big Tree cache. We will move it somewhere in the KC area on our next outing.

Dropped Off 05/21/2016 GreyGhosts54 placed it in BIG TREE. Kansas - 2.29 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/21/2016 GreyGhosts54 took it to where did the road go Kansas - 2.26 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/21/2016 GreyGhosts54 took it to The Hitchin' Post Kansas - .11 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/21/2016 GreyGhosts54 took it to Fairview Cemetery Kansas - 2.44 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/21/2016 GreyGhosts54 took it to Pop-A-Top & Go Noodling Kansas - 5.26 miles  Visit Log
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