TX Tomboy LbNA # 55026
|Placed Date||Jul 24 2010|
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 50 yards RT)
Status: alive (wet log)
Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson was the greatest and most versatile woman athlete of the 20th century. She was born in 1911 in Port Arthur but grew up in Beaumont, where she acquired the nickname "Babe" after hitting 5 home runs in a childhood baseball game. Babe gained world fame in track & field and won two gold medals and one silver medal in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. She was an All-American basketball player and also played organized baseball and softball, thus acquiring her other nickname of the "Texas Tomboy". In 1935 she began to play golf and by 1950 she had won every golf title available. In 1953 she was diagnosed with colon cancer and died in 1956. She was buried in Forest Lawn cemetery, where this microbox pays tribute.
From I10 in Beaumont, go north on Hwy 287 and then right on East Lucas Dr for about 3 miles to Forest Lawn Cemetery. Turn left on Pine Street for .2 mile, then right at white building. Go straight at first jct, then curve right at Y and park by her grave and historical marker.
Read marker then walk to grave. Go right 5 steps to a bench and sit facing a bush. The microbox is within under a rock. Please be discreet and replace as described. NOTE: It has been reported that the bench is no longer there, but box is still in bush.