Our Hero Grant  LbNA # 23917 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJul 21 2006
LocationLake Villa, IL
Planted ByKateKat & WildCat    
Found By Renfield
Last Found Sep 3 2007
Hike Distance?

****Removed for Repairs and possible repositioning. Sept. 9, 2007****

20 - 30 minutes

In March of 1867 Goodale Township was renamed Grant Township, in honor of Illinois' great Civil War general, Ulysses S. Grant. Although the section of preserve that the letterbox is in falls in Lake Villa Township, the forest preserve as a whole is still named Grant Woods.

There are two sections for this forest preserve, North and South. If you know which side Grant fought for during the Civil War, you know which section to go to.

Near the beginning of the trail, you will have three choices. Take the leftmost path. Walk east for a while on the gravel path. It's a steady uphill slope, but you can make it. When you reach a bench, you will know you are about halfway there. Continue on the path until you enter a stand of pine trees.

A few steps in and you will be in a sort of clearing, with very little vegetation other than the pine trees. Some standing, some fallen. Take a moment to take in the view. In the open space between the trees on the left side of the path, walk 40 to 45 paces and look for a tree that has fallen toward the gravel path. Under the base of this fallen tree, you will find a small hollow containing the letterbox.

This path can be busy. Also it is open to cyclists and dogs. So keep your eyes open and your wits about you.