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Travel Bug Dog Tag Bead-Camp Holland Striped Glass Rectangle TB

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Friday, 03 March 2017
Texas, United States
Recently Spotted:
In Canyon Doux Chey

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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 is one of a series of large beads obtained from different places and converted into travel bugs.  They are named for Texas towns with interesting names or histories.  Much of the text is from the online Handbook of Texas or

Vieja Pass is in the Sierra Vieja is on private land twelve miles west of Valentine in the Sierra Vieja in Presidio County.   The Pass is historically an avenue of traffic between the Rio Grande and Mexico to the west and the US interior to the east.  ZH Canyon (the entrance to the Pass) has a good supply of water and grass.  In 1880, the pass was the scene of the last Apache attack in Presidio County; on that day four Pueblo Indian scouts and Lt. Frank H. Mills of the Twenty-fourth United States Infantry fought off twenty Apaches.  
Camp Holland (sometimes called Fort Holland)  is at the entrance to ZH Canyon.  It was constructed in 1918 at the mouth of ZH Canyon after raids on the Brite and Neville ranches by Mexican bandits.  The location effectively blockaded Viejo Pass.  The buildings of the camp were made of stone and wood.
Although soldiers seldom lived there, Camp Holland had two barracks that could house up to 400 men, four officers' houses, a mess hall, and a guardhouse. The soldiers' everyday needs were met by a bakery, a corral, a blacksmith shop, and a quartermaster store. Since the area afforded a good supply of springwater, the camp had a sewer system and a shower house. However, by 1921 the army began phasing out border patrols in Presidio County.  Camp Holland was closed and leased to civilians including Texas Rangers and customs and immigration border patrols.  Many of the deserted buildings are still standing today.

The writer conducted research in the canyon in the 1960s and 70s.  There were many occasions, night and day, when he and illegal aliens surprised each other.  And, as an aside, there is no other location in Texas where so many bat species (15) may be observed.

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Tracking History (524.7mi) View Map

Dropped Off 03/16/2019 jccachegirl13 placed it in Canyon Doux Chey Texas - 26.66 miles  Visit Log

Dropped yesterday. I didn’t move it far from where I picked it up in Motley County, but every TB, or person, should visit Caprock Canyons State Park.

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Retrieve It from a Cache 02/04/2019 jccachegirl13 retrieved it from 70 Pease River Middle (Motley Co, p 34 DeL) Texas   Visit Log

Grabbed GKB8MY yesterday. I’ll move it on it’s way soon.

Discovered It 02/02/2019 ca$hing in discovered it Texas   Visit Log


Discovered It 02/02/2019 Zonzza discovered it Texas   Visit Log

Discovered 😊

Discovered It 04/04/2018 Halevib discovered it Texas   Visit Log

Saw this one here safe and sound

Dropped Off 01/06/2018 shellbadger placed it in 70 Pease River Middle (Motley Co, p 34 DeL) Texas - 17.74 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/06/2018 shellbadger took it to 70 Turkey S (Hall Co, p 34 DeL) Texas - 78.28 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/05/2018 shellbadger took it to 211 Railroad Crossing (Garza Co, p 42 DeL) Texas - 72.3 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/05/2018 shellbadger took it to 83 Salt Fork (Stonewall Co, p 43 DeL) Texas - 63 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 01/04/2018 shellbadger retrieved it from 84 Post SE (Garza Co, p 42 DeL) Texas   Visit Log

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