Junction Boys LbNA # 38474
|Placed Date||Mar 15 2008|
*** Part of my Literature Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (slight slope, 400 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: red
Status: reported missing (09/01/14)
The Junction Boys is the name given to the survivors of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s 10 day summer football camp in Junction, Texas beginning September 1, 1954. The ordeal has achieved legendary status and has become the subject of a book by Jim Dent and a television movie produced by ESPN. Culled from dozens of interviews with participants, the book follows the players through the training camp, the team's eventual success and Bryant's continuing influence in their lives. In the end, Dent gives readers a whooping celebration of the myth of Texas gridiron machismo. You can find this microbox near the town of Junction in South Llano River State Park, where activities include camping, picnicking, tubing, swimming, fishing, hiking, mountain bike riding, and bird and nature study.
From I10 in Junction, go south on US Highway 377 for 5 miles to Park Road 73 on the left. Drive to the visitor center and pay the fee, get a map and then drive to the camping area, turn right at campsite #20 and park at the walk-in camping lot near the Fawn Trail head.
Walk south for about 100 yards and turn left on old asphalt road. You are now in the Buck Wildlife Management Area. Walk past the WMA sign on the right and continue straight at the fork soon after. Go about 50 yards to a sign on the left that says "Foot Traffic Only" just as the road curves to the right. From the sign, turn left and walk 10 steps off trail to a small juniper tree. The camo microbox is hanging on the back side about 4 feet high. Please replace as described.