Texas Trash LbNA # 40770
|Placed Date||Jun 10 2008|
**This box has been properly permitted with Huntsville State Park**
“Don’t Mess With Texas” isn’t a threat, it’s an anti-litter campaign that began in 1986 in an effort to clean up Texas highways. Since then, hundreds of tons of trash have been removed from the roads of Texas. The innovative ads, many of which feature famous Texans (Willie, Lance or Matthew ring a bell?), have been effective, but with one out of every two of us still tossing trash, there’s a lot more to do. I’ve been to a lot of Texas state parks since I’ve been letterboxing, and it occurs to me that they need a lot of the same spirit, call it “Don’t Mess With Texas State Parks”! I hate to be walking along a beautiful trail in one of great parks and see trash littering the way. I try to remember to take along a plastic bag and pick up the garbage as I go, and I think everyone else should be doing the same thing. I think it could make a big difference in, not only the way the parks look, but the way the park management sees letterboxing. At least it’s a start.
Go to Huntsville State Park. Stop at the headquarters to pay your fee and ask for a trail map. There should be a Point of Interest sheet with it. Points of Interest are indicated by a black dot with a white number in it. You are looking for Point of Interest marker number 8, which is close to the center of the trail map. This is the place where the Lone Star Trail (green sign with a black star) and the park boundary cross. You can get there by parking at PI 7 (Nature Center) and taking the Chinquapin Trail north to its intersection with the Lone Star Trail, then going right (east) on the LST to the park boundary, where you will find a large metal gate. Go to the left end of the gate and find the large support post. The letterbox should be hanging with a snap-hook to the left of the gatepost, about 4 feet above the ground. It’s a small camouflaged lock ‘n lock box. Be sure to look for trash!!! Good Luck.