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The Eyes Of TX LbNA #20383

Owner:Silver Eagle Supporter Verified
Plant date:Feb 3, 2006
County:El Dorado
Found by: Nature Hikers
Last found:Jul 3, 2015
Last edited:Feb 3, 2006
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (slight slope, 400 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: orange
Status: alive

"The Eyes of Texas" is the official Alma Mater of the University of Texas. It was written in 1903 by John Sinclair, in response to a request that a song be written for the Cowboy Minstrel Show. Since he was given only a few hours in which to come up with a tune, Mr. Sinclair hit upon the idea of using a famous saying of Colonel Prather, who was the President of the University. The Colonel always told his audiences to remember that "the eyes of Texas are upon you." This expression was fitted to the tune of "I've Been working on the Railroad", and it is played prior to the start and at the close of all Texas sporting events and at all other official University of Texas functions. Since UT won the Rose Bowl this year to become #1 for the first time since I was a kid, I thought it only fitting to place this minibox somewhere in CA. It is not meant to be a taunt, only an expression of pride from a Letterboxing Texan. You can find this camo minibox at Hangtown's Gold Bug Park. Placerville was known as "Hangtown" during the California Gold Rush of the 1800's and there were many mines in the area of what is now a 61.5 acre Park that features the Gold Bug Mine, which can be visited for a fee. The park is free for day use and includes picnic areas and over two miles of hiking trails. So come see a part of the old west while looking for this box.

From Hwy 50 in Placerville, turn north on Bedford Ave. and follow the signs 1 mile to Hangtown's Gold Bug Park on the right. Park by the picnic pavilion or as near to the museum as you can.

Walk to the Gold Bug Mine entrance behind the museum and look left for the Vulture Claim Trail sign. Walk up the stairs and turn right for 65 steps, going past another mine entrance before coming to marker #14. Continue another 65 steps to where the trail starts to curve left, going uphill. Look for the last pine tree on the right before the curve about 7 steps off trail. Camo minibox is on back side base under rocks. Please re-cover well.