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Travel Bug Dog Tag Snow-International Falls TB

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Monday, 12 January 2015
Texas, United States
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In the hands of teach2x2.

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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


This series of “snow” travel bugs each commemorates a cold US city.  I am not sure how one determines the coldest US cities in the winter.  Does one rank the record lows, lowest monthly averages or lowest winter averages?   Many of the cities would appear on all three lists.  Rather than try to assign a ranking, I will simply include some cities or hamlets from each of the criteria.  Regardless of ranking, we have to  acknowledge that all of the locations identified in this series are really, really cold places in winter.

International Falls, Minnesota.  International Falls is a city in and the county seat of Koochiching County, Minnesota, United States.  The population was 6,424 at the 2010 census.  The city is located on the Rainy River directly across from Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada. The two cities are connected by the Fort Frances-International Falls International Bridge.  

International Falls has the nickname "Icebox of the Nation", and with 109.4 days per year with maxima below 32 °F, the airport has the most such days of any incorporated city in the contiguous US, just shading nearby Duluth and Houghton.   It has long, bitterly cold winters with January averages 2.7 °F, and lows reach 0 °F on 58 nights annually.  Highs only reach the freezing point 14–15 days during December to February, and in combination with a seasonal snowfall of 71.6 inches, snow cover is thick and long-lasting.

International Falls has long promoted itself as the "Icebox of the Nation"; however, the trademark for the slogan has been challenged on several occasions by the small town of Fraser, Colorado.  Officials from Fraser claimed usage since 1956, International Falls since 1948.  The two towns came to an agreement in 1986, when International Falls paid Fraser $2,000 to relinquish its "official" claim. However, in 1996, International Falls inadvertently failed to renew its federal trademark, although it had kept its state trademark up to date.  Fraser then filed to gain the federal trademark.  International Falls submitted photographic proof that its 1955 Pee Wee hockey team traveled to Boston, Massachusetts with the slogan.  After several years of legal battles, the United States Patent and Trademark Office officially registered the slogan with International Falls on January 29, 2008, Registration Number 3375139.  Only a few days after announcing its success in the trademark battle, International Falls had a daily record low temperature of −40 °F, beating a previous record of −37 °F in 1967.

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Tracking History (15310.2mi) View Map

Visited 11/02/2018 teach2x2 took it to Tweety Bird Texas - 1,331.97 miles  Visit Log


Visited 09/02/2018 teach2x2 took it to Mus Musculus Virginia - 2,216.04 miles  Visit Log


Visited 08/08/2018 teach2x2 took it to Radio Flyer Wagon Washington - 2,120.73 miles  Visit Log


Retrieve It from a Cache 07/17/2018 teach2x2 retrieved it from Coffee Hill Run Rendezvous Maryland   Visit Log

Picked up in Chaptico Maryland. Thanks!!

Dropped Off 05/21/2018 sallysomd placed it in Coffee Hill Run Rendezvous Maryland - 73.16 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 05/16/2018 sallysomd retrieved it from CAM 2015 - Millburn Landing Maryland   Visit Log

Will move along

Dropped Off 05/15/2018 Greyzebel placed it in CAM 2015 - Millburn Landing Maryland - 107.66 miles  Visit Log

I’ve had this one over a year, since New Year’s Eve 2016, and this was perfect place to leave it. The owner had previously told me they had family nearby in Pocomoke City, and we are right near SNOW Hill and it’s a nice rural spot, the time was right. I leave it still in original bag. Farewell!

Visited 05/11/2018 Greyzebel took it to No easy cash and dash Maryland - 22.35 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/05/2018 Greyzebel took it to Greenbelt National Park - Azalea Trail # 4 Maryland - 19.94 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/02/2018 Greyzebel took it to Contee Cache Maryland - 14.14 miles  Visit Log
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