Git the Heck Outa Dodge! LbNA # 25520
|Placed Date||Sep 11 2006|
Dodge City, Kansas of the 1870’s was the wildest, most lawless town in the West. There was no law enforcement, and the government had no jurisdiction. Cowboys getting into town after long cattle drives from Texas, went wild. Buffalo hunters bringing in literally hundreds of thousands of hides had more money than morals. There were 1200 residents and 19 businesses licensed to sell liquor. Something had to be done, so the Marshal hired a new deputy: Wyatt Earp. Wyatt hired his brothers Virgil and Jim and his friends Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday, lawmen who provided the inspiration for a fictional Marshal named Matt Dillon. Wyatt became famous when he faced down gunman Clay Allison and made him “git the heck outa Dodge!”. Of course, there was the O. K. Corral, but that's another story. In fact, Wyatt Earp lived out his days in Hollywood where his best friends were William S. Hart and Tom Mix, famous movie cowboys. He even knew a young John Wayne. Wayne, it is said, patterned his western movie persona on Wyatt Earp. He died in 1929 and is buried in a Jewish cemetery in Colma, California. He's not in Kansas anymore, but everybody has to git the heck outa Dodge sooner or later.
This letterbox is placed near Dodge, Texas. You can get there from Huntsville or Livingston by taking US 190. When you get to Bubba’s (FM 405), turn north and drive one mile to Dodge. Look for a bright red store building on your right. Just before you get to it, pull over and read the historical marker. When you’re ready to git the heck outa Dodge, drive on north for another mile to Dodge Cemetery (no, it’s not called Boot Hill). It’ll be on the right side of the road.
To the box:
Drive up to the cemetery and park in the shade of the oak tree. When you walk through the gate, look straight ahead for an obelisk (more accurately, a stele) between two Wells. Go to the stele and stand in front of it. The name on it is Crabb. Turn around to face the back of the cemetery. Sighting over Ophelia Crabb’s grave marker, look over several stones in a row, across a clearing to the edge of the woods. Look for three pine trees growing so close together that they form a “nest” about two feet above the ground. Git the heck outa Dodge!