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Travel Bug Dog Tag Love Bug-Belle Plain Fat Wood

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Saturday, 26 July 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 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 (14398.4mi) View Map

Mark Missing 04/21/2019 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Write note 04/21/2019 satalap2 posted a note for it   Visit Log

Not in this cache

Dropped Off 03/24/2018 josh.boggs placed it in A Modest Proposal South Carolina - .22 miles  Visit Log
Visited 03/24/2018 josh.boggs took it to Camp Mudstow's Escape South Carolina - .16 miles  Visit Log
Visited 03/24/2018 josh.boggs took it to Blind Maze South Carolina - 87.88 miles  Visit Log
Discovered It 03/24/2018 simdeb14 discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered at the geocaching event. Thanks for dropping by...

Write note 02/27/2018 cactuslover posted a note for it   Visit Log

Found the baggie, tag and note describing this TB in Grandiflora cache in SVL. Too bad this info did not go with the rest of the TB.

Retrieve It from a Cache 02/23/2018 josh.boggs retrieved it from Magnolia Grandiflora South Carolina   Visit Log

Found in an odd spot. Taking it to another home.

Dropped Off 02/11/2018 Scalf_99 placed it in Magnolia Grandiflora South Carolina - 1.48 miles  Visit Log

Not too far

Retrieve It from a Cache 02/11/2018 Scalf_99 retrieved it from Phobia Cache Series #2: MACROPHOBIA South Carolina   Visit Log


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