Pecos Cantaloupe LbNA # 38479
|Placed Date||Mar 19 2008|
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 50 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: orange & green
Status: reported missing (07/06/12)
In 1917, Madison Todd and partner D. T. McKee grew eight acres of melons, selling part of the crop to dining cars of Texas & Pacific Railway, where Pecos cantaloupes first became popular and in wide demand. McKee soon quit the business, but Todd remained a leader for 41 years and became known as the Father of Pecos Cantaloupes. The cantaloupes begin ripening in July and continue on the market until late October and enjoy comparable status with Maine lobsters, French wines and Swiss cheeses. The varieties are the same as those grown in other areas, but climate, soil and special cultivation methods account for the distinctiveness of Pecos melons. This microbox can be found at a picnic area not too far from a historical marker commemorating the Pecos cantaloupe, located in front of the West of Pecos Museum.
From I20 in Pecos, take Exit 42 and go north on Hwy 285 (Cedar St) about 2 miles through town to a picnic area on the right. Park by the far northeast picnic table.
From the table, face away from the Hwy and walk 20 steps northeast to a small pine tree, second from the left end. The camo microbox is hanging on the back side about 5 feet high. Please replace as describe.