Gig 'em LbNA # 5360
|Placed Date||Aug 23 2003|
|Location||College Station, TX|
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 600 yards RT)
Status: reported missing (08/15/07)
Texas A&M, the state’s first public institution of higher education, was opened on October 4, 1876 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. The school owes its origin to the Morrill Act of 1862, which established the nation’s land-grant college system. In 1963, the name of the institution was changed to Texas A&M University to more accurately reflect its expanding role as a leader in teaching, research, and public service for the state, nation and world. Students (called Aggies) are known for their spirit and adherence to traditions, such as the 12th Man, Bonfire, Yell Practice and Gig 'em. Pinky Downs, class of '06 and a member of the Board of Regents from 1923 to 1933, is credited with the Gig'em hand sign. Downs was at the 1930 Yell Practice before the TCU game and shouted out "What are we going to do to those Horned Frogs?". His muse did not fail him as he improvised, borrowing a term from frog hunting. "Gig 'em, Aggies!" he said as he made a fist with his thumb extended straight up. The gesture became the first hand sign of The Southwest Conference. Texas A&M is located in College Station, which has many parks and places of interest, including Central Park, where this microbox is located.
College Station is located about 100 miles northwest of Houston. Central Park is located at 1000 Krenek Tap Road. From Highway 6 Bypass northbound, exit toward Raintree Drive, then turn left. Turn left again on the Frontage Road, then right on Krenek Tap Road. Turn left into the park on Park Road and park by the lake near baseball field #3.
Walk towards the lake to a gazebo with a sign talking about the Wayne Bryan Bike Loop. From the gazebo, walk on the bike path 450 steps around the lake and beyond to a light post where the path bends sharply to the right. From the light post continue another 47 steps and look to the right for a dirt trail with a trash can next to it. Go north on the trail for 40 steps from the trash can to a large tree on the left. The microbox is hidden on the back side of the tree at its base under dead branches. Please re-cover well.