To Hell and Back LbNA # 23756
|Placed Date||Jul 13 2006|
|Last Update||Dec 26 2013|
He wanted to join the Marines, but he was too short. The paratroopers wouldn’t have him, either. He settled on the infantry and went on to become nothing less than the most decorated combat soldier in World War II. His name was Audie Murphy, a baby-faced Texas farmboy who became an American Hero. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his action near the village of Holtzwihr, in eastern France, where he single-handedly killed 50 German soldiers and led his men in a counterattack which ultimately drove the enemy from the village. In 1948 he published his wartime memoirs, To Hell and Back and, in 1955, portrayed himself in the 1955 movie version of the book. I chose to place this box in this park because Audie Murphy’s great grandfather, John Berry, owned this land. He is buried in the small family plot near this box.
Going north from Austin on I-35, exit Georgetown/Andice and turn right on Williams. Turn left on Business 35, which is Austin Ave. Turn right onto FM 971 and go to CR 152. Turn left on CR 152 (there is a Baptist Churh on the corner). This will take you to Berry Springs County Park and Preserve. The entrance is on CR 152 and will be on your left.
To the Letterbox:
Turn into the park entrance and follow the road up to a large pavilion on the right and park in the parking area. Take the path that leads from the pavilion to the small Berry family cemetery. Notice the grave of John Berry, who owned this land from 1846 until his death in 1866. Look for the bench and the large oak tree behind it. Behind the tree is a path that goes to a new stone building. Walk along that path toward the building, but look for a service road on the right that goes down to the camping area. Walk down that road, going downhill, until you are almost at the bottom. Look to the right for a 3-trunk oak tree. In the middled of the trunks, under a pile of rocks, you'll find the box. When you finish with the box, please replace it and the rocks as you found them. Thanks.
There are other letterboxes in this park, including Square Dance - Quilt Block Series by Lone Star Quilter. Don't leave without them!