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Travel Bug Dog Tag State Flag of Alaska TB02

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Sunday, 20 July 2014
Texas, United States
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In the hands of 4Westbys.

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 and prevents tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take the travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission is needed to leave the U.S.

Photos in the travel bug logs are appreciated.  I will be re-post them here, where they can be seen by other cachers.

About This Item


The Flag of the State of Alaska consists of eight gold stars, forming the Big Dipper and the North Star, on a dark blue field. It was designed in 1927 by Benny Benson, a 13-year-old Alaska Native residing at the Jesse Lee Home for Children in Seward, for a contest to create a flag for the then-Alaska Territory. Up to that time, Alaskans had flown only the U.S. flag since the territory was purchased from Russia in 1867.

Benson's design was chosen over roughly 700 other submissions from schoolchildren territory-wide in grades 7–12. Most other entries featured variations on the territorial seal, the midnight sun, the northern lights, polar bears, and/or gold pans. To celebrate his achievement, Benson was awarded $1,000 and an engraved watch. Benny looked to the sky for the symbols he included in his design, and he submitted this description with it: “The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not, an Alaskan flower. The North Star is for the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The Dipper is for the Great Bear—symbolizing strength.” The Big Dipper is an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major which symbolizes a bear, an animal indigenous to Alaska.

As depicted on the flag, its stars can be used as a guide by the novice to locate Polaris and determine true north, which varies considerably from a compass bearing in Alaska. The Alaska Legislature adopted Benson's design as the official flag for the Territory of Alaska on May 2, 1927. The first flag made based on Benny's design was made of blue silk and appliquéd gold stars, and was inaugurally flown July 9, 1927. It was retained as the state flag upon statehood in 1959.

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Tracking History (5097.8mi) View Map

Retrieve It from a Cache 07/05/2017 4Westbys retrieved it from Burlington 2 Travel Bug Ammo Cache 9 Yrs Old Ontario, Canada   Visit Log

Picked it up and planning a rural or premium drop off in southwestern Ontario - stay tuned!

Write note 07/03/2017 The_MandMs posted a note for it   Visit Log

Dropped your flag in this nice big ammo box for others to find. Still in good condition :-)

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Dropped Off 07/03/2017 The_MandMs placed it in Burlington 2 Travel Bug Ammo Cache 9 Yrs Old Ontario, Canada - 3.01 miles  Visit Log

Left this TB in place of another I grabbed.

Retrieve It from a Cache 07/03/2017 The_MandMs retrieved it from Boulder wall - McCreany Creek Ontario, Canada   Visit Log

Gonna move this one along quickly

Dropped Off 06/25/2017 waterwisp placed it in Boulder wall - McCreany Creek Ontario, Canada - 30.51 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 11/13/2016 waterwisp retrieved it from KB Trail - TB Hotel Ontario, Canada   Visit Log

Found this while caching on the kissing bridge trail with AHM6963 and Lib. Will move along shortly.

Dropped Off 11/06/2016 bobki placed it in KB Trail - TB Hotel Ontario, Canada - 24.21 miles  Visit Log

Hope you had fun shellbadger

Visited 10/23/2016 bobki took it to 2314 Colling Road - Fenced in on the Bruce Ontario, Canada - 20.24 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/10/2016 bobki took it to Geocache Ontario, Canada - 82.27 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/09/2016 bobki took it to Rock City New York - 112.38 miles  Visit Log
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