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Travel Bug Dog Tag Love Bug-Mobeetie Small Pink Acrylic

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014
Texas, United States
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In the hands of marlboroman63.

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Please drop this item in rural or Premium Member Only caches.  Do not place 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


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.  

Mobeetie is a city in northwestern Wheeler County. The population was 107 at the 2000 census.  A trading post for hunters and trappers for nearby Fort Elliot, the settlement was first a buffalo hunter's camp unofficially called "Hidetown." The first formal name for the town was "Sweetwater."  On January 24, 1876, occurred the "Sweetwater Shootout." Sgt. Melvin King (aka Anthony Cook) of the then 4th Cavalry, Company H, stationed at Fort Elliot, shot and killed Mollie Brennan (a dance hall girl and former prostitute). Sgt. King then wounded Bat Masterson, who in return killed him (King may have shot Masterson first and then killed Brennan, accounts vary).  Texas cattleman and trail driver Charles Goodnight said about the town: "I think it was the hardest place I ever saw on the frontier except Cheyenne, Wyoming." 

When the town applied for a post office in 1879, the name "Sweetwater" was already in use. The town took the new name of "Mobeetie," believed to be a Native American word for "Sweetwater." Later it was discovered that the word actually means "buffalo feces".  In 1879 Mobeetie became the first county seat for Wheeler County. By 1881, Mobeetie was the judicial center of the Thirty-fifth District, made up of fifteen counties.  At its peak in 1890, the town had over 400 people, but Mobeetie's boom days ended when Fort Elliot closed that same year. Further decline came with the tornado of May 1, 1898, and then the loss of the county seat, in 1907, to Wheeler.  In 1929 the town had to move two miles when the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway built their tracks that far away.  The town steadily grew again until the start of World War II brought a peak of about five hundred.  The population has steadily declined since.  The town figures in several of the Sackett Series of western novels by Louis Lamour.

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Tracking History (434mi) View Map

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Grab It (Not from a Cache) 06/13/2015 marlboroman63 grabbed it   Visit Log

Will leave at the next cache stop.

Retrieve It from a Cache 08/29/2014 wincov retrieved it from ~ OLD HOLLOER ~ Oklahoma   Visit Log

Found this cute travel bug and decided it needed to come to Texas!!

Dropped Off 06/20/2014 Cameroon71 placed it in ~ OLD HOLLOER ~ Oklahoma - 86.41 miles  Visit Log

This looks like a good rest spot

Visited 06/19/2014 Cameroon71 took it to Not Another Pine Cone!! Texas - 4.36 miles  Visit Log
Visited 06/18/2014 Cameroon71 took it to WH #1 What are you havin? Texas - 299.93 miles  Visit Log

Checking out the big city

Write note 06/17/2014 shellbadger posted a note for it   Visit Log

Dropped in O'Donnell South, but picked up before drop could be logged.

Visited 06/17/2014 Cameroon71 took it to 87 O'Donnell S (Dawson Co, p 41 DeL) Texas - 43.3 miles  Visit Log

Picked up the pink heart and will take it somewhere else

Grab It (Not from a Cache) 06/17/2014 Cameroon71 grabbed it   Visit Log

Found this in shell badgers cache near O'Donnell

Discovered It 06/17/2014 Cameroon71 discovered it   Visit Log

Found this TB in a cache near O'Donnel and retrieved it cause I thought my daughter would like to see the pink heart - we will drop it somewhere rural shortly

Visited 06/04/2014 shellbadger took it to Patriot TB Hotel (Lubbock Co, p 33 DeL) Texas   Visit Log
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