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Travel Bug Dog Tag Metal-Fowler Filagreed Teardrop TB

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Released:
Saturday, 06 January 2018
Origin:
Texas, United States
Recently Spotted:
In the hands of Tomboy1.

This is not collectible.

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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, protects the number 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

While I have lived in Texas for nearly 50 years, I was born and grew to an adult in Kansas.  When I tell someone of my origins, they almost always respond in one of two ways:  “I have been there but I don’t remember much about it” or “that 400 mile drive across the state on Interstate 70 is really boring.”  There is more to the state than that.  The wheat grown there feeds the world, and the people are nice, but I will focus on the sometimes lawless history of the state.

Kansas achieved statehood in 1861, but it was far from civilized.  From 1850 until 1900 the region was a frontier, and at the center of important events in US history:  there was the westward movement of pioneers from Europe and the eastern US and the subsequent conflicts with Native Americans; the Santa Fe Trail crossed the state and the Pony Express and the Oregon Trail passed through a corner; there was a border war because Kansas was a free state and a center of the abolitionist movement, whereas neighboring Missouri was a slave state; and finally the several new railroads were extending westward into hostile territory and furthermore some of the railheads were the destinations of cattle drives from Texas.  Each trackable in this series of metal travel bugs is named for towns with interesting histories (at least to me), some of which have connections to my youth.

Fowler is a small town in Meade County.  It was laid out and platted in 1886.  The town was named for George Fowler, the original owner of the town site.  Fowler was a shipping point on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad.

I have passed through a few times.  As far as I know there were no cataclysmic events occurring there, like other Kansas places in this series.  However, the Hutchinson News used to list the scores of high school games for all of western Kansas.  It was there I learned of the Fowler teams were the Gold Bugs.  I followed their competitions just because of the mascot name.  I assume some early Meade countians were required to read the strange Poe short story, as I was. 

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Tracking History (27051.5mi) View Map

Visited 05/25/2019 Tomboy1 took it to Jägermeister Baden-Württemberg, Germany - .19 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/25/2019 Tomboy1 took it to H&M in Auenwald Baden-Württemberg, Germany - 4.71 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/25/2019 Tomboy1 took it to -5 kleiner Ausflug in den Wald - Bonus Baden-Württemberg, Germany - .44 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/25/2019 Tomboy1 took it to -4 kleiner Ausflug in den Wald - dicke Buche Baden-Württemberg, Germany - 1.69 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/25/2019 Tomboy1 took it to Silurus glanis 4 Baden-Württemberg, Germany - .78 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/25/2019 Tomboy1 took it to unten bei der Nonnenmühle Baden-Württemberg, Germany - 1.5 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/25/2019 Tomboy1 took it to Scardinius erythrophthalmus 1 Baden-Württemberg, Germany - 25.17 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/22/2019 Tomboy1 took it to Mole-Hole Stuttgart Baden-Württemberg, Germany - 16.16 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/18/2019 Tomboy1 took it to Tolkhingen: Morgul Brücke Baden-Württemberg, Germany - 2.46 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/18/2019 Tomboy1 took it to Am strudelnden Bächlein (Riet) Baden-Württemberg, Germany - 5.47 miles  Visit Log
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