Hoss LbNA # 24377
|Placed Date||Jul 29 2006|
|Location||De Kalb, TX|
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 50 yards RT)
Dan Blocker was born on December 10, 1928, in DeKalb, Texas, the largest baby ever born in Bowie County (14 pounds). When he was six years old the family moved to O'Donnell, in West Texas, and he eventually attended Sul Ross University in Alpine. He was always big, standing over six feet and weighing 200 pounds as a youth of twelve and eventually growing to 6'4" and weighing 300 pounds. At college, Blocker became interested in acting and in 1959 he was cast in the role of "Hoss" Cartwright on the NBC television show Bonanza. Blocker was an enormously popular actor and he played the role of Hoss for thirteen seasons until his death on May 13, 1972, from complications following an operation. Dan was buried in Woodmen Cemetery, and you can visit him, and this microbox there.
From I30, head north on Hwy 259 to De Kalb. Turn right (east) on US 82 (Front Street) and go 1.8 miles, then turn left into Woodmen Cemetery. Go to the second gravel road and turn right (east). Go about halfway down and park by the "Blocker" headstone.
From his grave, walk east down the gravel road for about 55 steps. Turn left (north) and walk about 20 steps to a headstone on the right saying "Nix". Just to its right is a multi-trunk evergreen bush with a mimosa tree growing out of it. The camo microbox is within the trunks under leaves and rocks. Please re-cover well.