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Travel Bug Dog Tag Bead-Indianola Brown Woodgrain Stone Donut TB

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Friday, 03 March 2017
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, 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.

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

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

The port of Indianola, on Matagorda Bay in Calhoun County, was founded in 1846 as Indian Point.  In 1844 a stretch of beach near the point had been selected by Carl, Prince of Solms Braunfels, as the landing place for German immigrants bound for western Texas. The German landing area was briefly referred to as Karlshafen. One immigrant, Johann Schwartz, built the first house in the area in 1845. Indian Point became firmly established as a deep-water port during the Mexican War.  For thirty years its army depot supplied frontier forts in western Texas.  Anglo-American landowners in the area had the site surveyed in 1846 and began selling lots.  The post office was opened in September 1847, and stagecoach service to the interior began in January 1848.  

In 1849 the name of the town was changed to Indianola. The town grew rapidly, expanding three miles down the beach to Powderhorn Bayou, following its selection by Charles Morgan as the Matagorda Bay terminus for his New York-based steamship line.  Indianola was the eastern end of the southern Chihuahua Trail, the military road to San Antonio, Austin, and Chihuahua, Mexico, as well as the road to San Diego, the shortest overland route to the Pacific.  It became the chief port through which European and American immigrants flowed into western Texas.  In a short time, Indianola achieved the rank of the second port of Texas, after Galveston. 

In 1856 and 1857 two shiploads of camels were landed at Indianola. Under the direction of Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, the animals were used in one of the most extraordinary experiments in the history of the department, the use of camels in the transportation of military supplies in the southwestern United States. Indianola was bombarded by Union gunboats on October 1862, then occupied and looted.  The Union forces withdrew the following month but returned in November 1863, seized the city again, and remained until 1864.

The world's first shipment of mechanically refrigerated beef moved from Indianola to New Orleans on the Morgan steamship Agnes in July 1869, opening a new era in the transportation of perishable goods. Railroad service from Indianola to the interior began in 1871. With a population of more than 5,000, Indianola was at the peak of her prosperity when the 1875 hurricane struck. The town rebuilt on a smaller scale and then was almost obliterated by the hurricane and accompanying fire of August 20, 1886.  By 1887 the site had been abandoned.

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Tracking History (10687.3mi) View Map

Discovered It 10/02/2018 Team Doxie discovered it   Visit Log

Thanks for sharing. 😀🐾🐾

Retrieve It from a Cache 09/14/2018 2kats retrieved it from I-75 SB Rest Area - Wood County - TB Exchange Ohio   Visit Log

Taking it north to a new home in Canada

Dropped Off 09/06/2018 Starkacher placed it in I-75 SB Rest Area - Wood County - TB Exchange Ohio - 17.16 miles  Visit Log
Discovered It 09/05/2018 OCCD discovered it   Visit Log

There's at least one cacher at the monthly meeting that always has a few trackables to discover. Your trackable was one of those tonight.

Visited 09/04/2018 Starkacher took it to September 4th NWOGEO Maumee Meet & Eat Ohio - 146.67 miles  Visit Log

Shared at the Local Monthly Meet and Eat.

Discovered It 09/04/2018 TTFNCachn discovered it   Visit Log

Found at the Maumee Ohio monthly meet and greet event. Thank you for sharing.

Discovered It 09/04/2018 SW00P discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered at the Maumee Meet and Eat.

Discovered It 09/04/2018 Mr. Team Doxie discovered it   Visit Log

Thanks for sharing!

Retrieve It from a Cache 08/28/2018 Starkacher retrieved it from Back to the Barnyard Indiana   Visit Log

Taking this back to Toledo to move it along.

Dropped Off 07/25/2018 ThePigeonGod placed it in Back to the Barnyard Indiana - 7.51 miles  Visit Log

Here ya go - rural and premium!

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