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The first lofts which were built in 1967 and the early 1970's.
Homing Pigeon Flight Line, HomingPigeon.com, was started in 1996 by a homing pigeon flyer. The loft was founded in 1967 by Michael and his father George. They became members of the Northside Limited Club and the American Racing Pigeon Union. The loft was initially stocked with birds from local flyers in the Houston area.
The loft has also been a member of and participated in races with the Northside Limited, San Jacinto Houston and the American Legion racing pigeon clubs, the Houston Racing Pigeon Combine, Greater Southwest Combine and the Gulf Coast Racing Pigeon Association.
Combines and association are groups of clubs that release pigeons together at the same release point and therefore compete in the same race. This allows racing against other clubs and a larger group of birds. All of these organizations are composed of flyers who are members of the American Racing Pigeon Union and the races are flown under ARPU rules.
The loft was one of the six lofts selected to train and race entries for the 1984 convention race for the Texas Center of the American Racing Pigeon Union. Five of the birds trained by the loft finished in the top seven places in this race. The loft has won race series average speed as a junior and senior flyer, and at the club and combine level.
To honor his father and memorialize his father's love of pigeons, Michael released birds at his father's funeral in 1997.
A special thanks to George Todd of Capetown, South Africa for his friendship with my father, for sharing his knowledge of pigeons, and for sharing his pigeon stock with Bencal Loft. Thanks to Herman Mechler and Robert Hall for sharing their knowledge and stock when the loft was started.
The loft is located near the town of Speaks, TX.