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    New letterbox: Catwoman ?, Caldwell, TX Placed by: Renegades Clues: The Letterboxing Renegades box. If you would like the clues to this box, please submit a
    Message 1 of 13 , Feb 28, 2012
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      New letterbox: Catwoman
      ?, Caldwell, TX
      Placed by: Renegades
      Clues:
      The Letterboxing Renegades box.

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      New letterbox: Slice of Melon Luling, Caldwell, TX Placed by: Walksfar Clues: Luling holds an annual Watermelon Festival. They have two water towers painted
      Message 2 of 13 , Mar 30, 2014
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        New letterbox: Slice of Melon
        Luling, Caldwell, TX
        Placed by: Walksfar
        Clues:
        Luling holds an annual Watermelon Festival. They have two water towers painted like melons, so I thought a slice of melon would be appropriate.

        The box is hidden in the crouch of a live oak tree which is about 4 feet up. The live oak is in the center of the parking lot. This is where the swimming pool is located so please come at a time when the pool isn't open to avoid detection. Please place tree leaves etc on top of the box to hide it.

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        New letterbox: Texas Corn Capital Martindale, Caldwell, TX Placed by: Baby Bear Clues: Status: Alive and Well Difficulty: Easy - 40 yards After WWII, 65% of
        Message 3 of 13 , Jan 2
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          New letterbox: Texas Corn Capital
          Martindale, Caldwell, TX
          Placed by: Baby Bear
          Clues:
          Status: Alive and Well
          Difficulty: Easy - 40 yards

          After WWII, 65% of Texas hybrid corn seed was processed in Martindale, with more corn seed shipped from there than anywhere else in the world.

          Directions:
          From the Hwy 80 & FM 142 intersection, head toward San Marcos on Hwy 80. Turn right soon on FM 240 (cemetery sign) and go down this dirt road about a mile to Cemetery on the left. Pull in and park at back.

          To the Letterbox:
          Walk left to flat stone near fence for Bobby Burkson. Box is in front of middle area of tree next to this stone.

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        • lbox_announce
          New letterbox: Watermelon Thump Luling, Caldwell, TX Placed by: Silver Eagle Clues: Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 50 yards RT) Recommended Ink:
          Message 4 of 13 , Mar 9
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            New letterbox: Watermelon Thump
            Luling, Caldwell, TX
            Placed by: Silver Eagle
            Clues:
            Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 50 yards RT)
            Recommended Ink: <font color=red><b>red</b></font> & <font color=green><b>green</b></font>
            Status: <font color=green><b>alive</b></font>
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            In 1954, a school principal named Hermon Allen proposed the idea of a celebration to promote the Luling watermelon market and honor the growers. It was named the Watermelon Thump and has been held the last full weekend in June ever since. There are many fun activities, including: contests for seed spitting and melon eating, a parade and fun run, and an award for the largest watermelon. It is held at Thump Pavilion in downtown Luling, but you can find this box at the nearby City Cemetery.

            <b>Directions:</b>
            From I10 go northwest on Hwy 183 about 3 miles and turn left into first entrance to Luling City Cemetery. Drive about 100 yards and park by Berry bench on the right.

            <b>Clues:</b>
            Walk left (opposite bench) 30 steps to large multi-trunk cedar behind left side of Hall stone. Letterbox is within trunks on left side under rocks and needles.
            <!--Watermelon Thump Minibox (03/05/15): Luling, TX - Caldwell County-->

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            New letterbox: The Battle of Plum Creek Lockhart, Caldwell, TX Placed by: Baby Bear Clues: Difficulty: Easy, but if raining the road could be tough. Distance
            Message 5 of 13 , Mar 10
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              New letterbox: The Battle of Plum Creek
              Lockhart, Caldwell, TX
              Placed by: Baby Bear
              Clues:
              Difficulty: Easy, but if raining the road could be tough.
              Distance to Letterbox: 50 yards

              Here is the history of the battle from Texas Online History, which took place close to this location:
              The battle of Plum Creek was an aftermath of the Council House Fight, in which many of the Comanche Indian chiefs, their women, and warriors were killed. In the summer of 1840 the Comanches swept down the Guadalupe valley, killing settlers, stealing horses, plundering, and burning settlements. After sacking Linnville in Calhoun County, they started a retreat. The Texans organized a volunteer army under Gen. Felix Huston, Col. Edward Burleson, Capt. Mathew Caldwell, and others and with Texas Rangers under Ben McCulloch overtook the Indians at Plum Creek in the vicinity of the present town of Lockhart on August 11, 1840. There a decisive defeat on the following day pushed the Comanches westward.

              Directions:
              From FM 713. Go south on Fox Lane. Turn right on Wells Road, and stay on as it curves left. Soon after you will see Wells Cemetery on edge of road on the right. Park on side of road.

              To the Letterbox:
              Enter the gate and go straight past mailbox and almost to the back fence. Find Tombstone for "Mary Forman". Go right about 6 steps, then right to grave with iron ore stones around it. Box is at foot of grave, on inside of rock outline, under 6 inch orangish rock, behind a white rock.

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              New letterbox: Dr. D. Port Smythe Lockhart, Caldwell, TX Placed by: Baby Bear Clues: Difficulty: Easy Distance to Letterbox: 100 yards Here is the history of
              Message 6 of 13 , Mar 11
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                New letterbox: Dr. D. Port Smythe
                Lockhart, Caldwell, TX
                Placed by: Baby Bear
                Clues:
                Difficulty: Easy
                Distance to Letterbox: 100 yards

                Here is the history of Dr. Smythe for the Texas Online History:
                (1824-1889) Pioneer Lockhart physician, from Alabama. Studied medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Was Civil War surgeon, Texas Mounted Rifles and Cavalry, on Texas frontier and in Louisiana, Arkansas and Indian Territory. Typical of Texas Confederates, his letters home show concern for wife and children: contain instructions on teaching child to read, crops, plowing, animal care, fences, debt collection. Professor of chemistry, 1871, Galveston Medical college. A&M College physician, 1879-82. First to serve full time in any Texas college or university.

                Directions:
                Historical Marker is along Hwy 183, but could not find in location that was given. After hiding the box in location below, I believe I saw a roadside park farther down Hwy 183 that may have the marker. For box, use this. Traveling toward Lockhart on Hwy 183 (not toll road), after you pass FM 1185, start looking for turn to the right on Rolling Ridge Road. Turn right and follow it for about 4 miles until you reach Polonia Cemetery on your left. Park at gate.

                To the Letterbox:
                Enter gate and go to Historical Marker for Cemetery. Facing it, go behind and straight back past large cross with kneeling bench, to the back fence. Find the concrete block with iron topping. Box is behind that block under rock pile.

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                New letterbox: Rafael Rios #1 Stairtown, Caldwell, TX Placed by: Baby Bear Clues: Difficulty: Easy Distance to Letterbox: 20 yards History behind the
                Message 7 of 13 , Jul 29
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                  New letterbox: Rafael Rios #1
                  Stairtown, Caldwell, TX
                  Placed by: Baby Bear
                  Clues:
                  Difficulty: Easy
                  Distance to Letterbox: 20 yards

                  History behind the letterbox is below. Could not find historical marker, but box is located along the oilfield.

                  Here is the history form the Historic Marker:
                  Discovery well of Luling Field, a major Texas oil area. Wildcatter E.B. Davis drilled on land owned by R. Rios. Well came in Aug. 10, 1922, after 3 dry holes had been drilled in same area. Magnolia (now Mobil) Oil Co. bought filed 1926. By 1969, production was 135,000,000 barrels. history from

                  Directions:
                  From Hwy 80 at Stairtown, go northwe3st on FM 671 for 1.3 miles. Turn left into entry drive and park next to pumper on the left. You should see sign on right for "Lebow-Meriweather Lease".

                  To the Letterbox:
                  Walk to the gate/cattle crossing. Go to the left corner. Box is below the round metal poles under a rock pile in corner. Be sure to cover it back up.

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                  New letterbox: Pendleton Rector Prairie Lea, Caldwell, TX Placed by: Baby Bear Clues: Difficulty: Easy Distance to Letterbox: 50 yards The history behind the
                  Message 8 of 13 , Jul 29
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                    New letterbox: Pendleton Rector
                    Prairie Lea, Caldwell, TX
                    Placed by: Baby Bear
                    Clues:
                    Difficulty: Easy
                    Distance to Letterbox: 50 yards

                    The history behind the letterbox is below. It is located in Hopple Cemetery, the resting place of Pendleton Rector. Nice cemetery!

                    Here is the history from the Historical Marker:
                    He fought for Texas Independence at Velasco, the Siege of Bexar and San Jacinto. Erected by the State of Texas 1962

                    To the Letterbox:
                    From Hwy 80 in Prairie Lea, turn west on River St and go to end. Turn right on St Joseph St and go past river crossing and on to Red Bird Ln on right. Just past it is gravel entry road for Hopple Cemetery. Turn right and go to granite sign and flag pole and park.

                    To the Letterbox:
                    Walk along the fence on the right until first row of graves on the left. Go to them, and find Rector's in the corner. Continue down row of stones to "Thomas Merritt's" headstone. Look left at large cedar tree. Box is 6 foot up in center right of tree, under loose bark.

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