Travel Bug Dog Tag Love Bug-Belle Plaine Fat Wood

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Released:
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Origin:
Texas, United States
Recently Spotted:
In the hands of Hack0417.

This is not collectible.

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About This Item

LBwoodfat

This is one of a series of heart-shaped objects 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.

Established in 1876, Belle Plain is six miles southeast of Baird in Callahan County.  Nelson Smith purchased state school land for the site in 1875.  He platted a town with wide streets and a designated business district.  The site was intended to become a commercial center for the county.  The name may originate with the name of the first child born at the townsite, Katie Belle Magee. 

By the summer of 1876, the town had three businesses.  The new town prospered, drawing new settlers along with citizens from Callahan City and other smaller towns.  It eventually had several stores and saloons, a stone jail, two fraternal lodges, eleven lawyers, and four physicians.  A newspaper was begun in 1879.  The population was never large (about 400 in 1884), but the town served as a regional supply center and exporter of wool, hides, and cotton.

The pride of Belle Plain was Belle Plain College.  It was founded in 1881 by  Methodist Church.  Peak enrollment reached 300.  The College developed a superior course of study with special  strength in music.  There was an orchestra and brass band, and a girls dormitory.  For boys there was a military branch that wore blue and gray uniforms. 

Both the college and community declined simultaneously.  When the railroad was built through Baird, some Belle Plain citizens moved to Baird.  In 1883 Baird became the county seat, and the population of Belle Plain diminished further.  The town's newspaper moved to Baird that year, and the stone jail was eventually disassembled and rebuilt in the new county seat.  The region was also damaged by the hard winter of 1884–85 and the drought of 1886–87. After a financial struggle, the college closed in 1892.  With the college gone, the county government lost and most of the population having moved away, Belle Plain was doomed.  In 1897 only four families and one small store remained in the area.

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Tracking History (7801.8mi) View Map

Visited 6/23/2017 Hack0417 took it to Richard B Russell Overlook South Carolina - 9.5 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/21/2017 Hack0417 took it to Our Rock South Carolina - 9.46 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/21/2017 Hack0417 took it to That Dam Cache South Carolina - 38.07 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/17/2017 Hack0417 took it to Georgia Geo-Campers @ Victoria Bryant Georgia - 16.16 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/17/2017 Hack0417 took it to The Georgia Guidestones Georgia - 2.51 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/17/2017 Hack0417 took it to Coming and Going Georgia   Visit Log
Visited 6/17/2017 Hack0417 took it to Coming and Going Georgia - 3.52 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/17/2017 Hack0417 took it to Red Minnow Georgia - 1.32 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/17/2017 Hack0417 took it to Making the Best Better Georgia - .76 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/17/2017 Hack0417 took it to E.C.Memorial Park Georgia - .67 miles  Visit Log
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