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Travel Bug Dog Tag Bead-Ruidosa Speckled Stone Donut TB

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014
Texas, United States
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In the hands of batesbangbang.

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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 Texas towns with interesting names or histories.

According to the Handbook of Texas, the name translates as either "windy" or "noisy."  This either refers to the omnipresent wind or the sound of water falling over an irrigation dam.  It is almost certainly not the sound of the Rio Grande flowing nearby.  Low rainfall and irrigation reduce the flow of the river to almost nothing at this location.  When the writer was there in the late 60s and early 70s a combination store-café-cantina attracted foot traffic from Mexico, only a few steps away.

The settlement was once a penal colony established by the Spanish in the 1820s.  Prisoners were sent to the remote area to guard ranches in northern Chihuahua against Indian raids.  The uninspired prisoners were so often on the losing side that the project was abandoned.

Much later, in 1872, an American named William Russell constructed ditches to irrigate a farm and a flour mill - a successful operation that prospered for thirty years.  As late as 1879 the farm was attacked by Mescalero Apaches resulting in four settlers killed and three wounded.

By 1914 the community had a post office and 100 citizens. Cotton was planted and a gin constructed. In the late 20s there were about 300 residents in the area.  The gin closed in 1936 and by 1954 the post office discontinued mail delivery.   In late 2004 the town consisted of a few buildings and was listed for sale.

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Tracking History (10012.3mi) View Map

Retrieve It from a Cache 05/06/2016 batesbangbang retrieved it from FESSFAM PREMIUM TB & COIN HOTEL California   Visit Log

It will be safe with me On my way! To Huntington beach

Dropped Off 02/19/2016 fessi03 placed it in FESSFAM PREMIUM TB & COIN HOTEL California - 57.87 miles  Visit Log

FESSINGER: onto his next journey in a nice cache residing and hopefully leaving Valencia, Ca. in good hands and a new adventure! TftTb :-)

Retrieve It from a Cache 02/15/2016 fessi03 retrieved it from Howard Blake Memorial T.B. Hospital California   Visit Log

FESSINGER: forgot to log from like 2 days ago but saw this cache, had my entire cache bag on hand when I came across this TB heaven in Burbank near Los Angeles. Ended up trading 1 for 1 for AS MANY AS I HAD! They're all in good hands (as they were before...:) and as they are now) I dropped a bunch of tbs in there to move along, and grabbed this one to move along as well. TftTb! :-)
In an unopenable bag now, interesting and curious lol but it's locked in there! Happy Valentine's Day from Los Angeles, California!

Dropped Off 12/26/2015 Inmountains placed it in Howard Blake Memorial T.B. Hospital California - 3.49 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 12/12/2015 Inmountains retrieved it from Hello from Walt Disney World! California   Visit Log

This little rock was not picked up at the Meet and Greet, I still have it with me. As a side note, the last character of the TRACKING CODE is the letter 'T'. The cross bar on top of the T has worn off, making it look like a 1, but it is a T.

Dropped Off 08/18/2015 Inmountains placed it in Hello from Walt Disney World! California - 3.51 miles  Visit Log
Visited 08/03/2015 Inmountains took it to Overpass Dash California - 16.88 miles  Visit Log
Visited 07/21/2015 Inmountains took it to The Pier Of Fear California - 101.4 miles  Visit Log
Visited 07/20/2015 Inmountains took it to Frazier California - 412.88 miles  Visit Log
Visited 07/13/2015 Inmountains took it to Signs, Signs California - 358.44 miles  Visit Log
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