Stingy Jack LbNA # 26524
|Owner||Lone Star Quilter|
|Placed Date||Oct 19 2006|
|Last Update||Apr 5 2014|
Although this box was reported as "attempted", it is fine as of 10-26-07.
The Irish brought the tradition of the Jack O'Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O'Lantern was not a pumpkin.The Jack O'Lantern legend goes back hundreds of years in Irish History. As the story goes, Stingy Jack was a miserable, old drunk who liked to play tricks on everyone: family, friends, his mother and even the Devil himself. One day, he tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree. Once the Devil climbed up the apple tree, Stingy Jack hurriedly placed crosses around the trunk of the tree. The Devil was then unable to get down the tree. Stingy Jack made the Devil promise him not to take his soul when he died. Once the devil promised not to take his soul, Stingy Jack removed the crosses and let the Devil down.
Many years later, when Jack finally died, he went to the pearly gates of Heaven and was told by Saint Peter that he was too mean and too cruel and had led a miserable and worthless life on earth. He was not allowed to enter heaven. He then went down to Hell and the Devil. The Devil kept his promise and would not allow him to enter Hell. Now Jack was scared and had nowhere to go but to wander about forever in the darkness between heaven and hell. He asked the Devil how he could leave as there was no light. The Devil tossed him an ember from the flames of Hell to help him light his way. Jack placed the ember in a hollowed out Turnip, one of his favorite foods which he always carried around with him whenever he could steal one. For that day onward, Stingy Jack roamed the earth without a resting place, lighting his way as he went with his "Jack O'Lantern".
On all Hallow's eve, the Irish hollowed out Turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets. They placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away. These were the original Jack O'Lanterns. In the 1800's a couple of waves of Irish immigrants came to America. The Irish immigrants quickly discovered that Pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve out. So they used pumpkins for Jack O'Lanterns.
From Hwy 290, go north on Telge Rd. In about 3/4 miles you will cross Cypress Creek. The park will be on your right, so turn right on Pleasant Grove, then a quick right into the parking area.
To the Box:
From the park restrooms, walk stratght back to the wooden bridge. Cross over and go left on the trail. You’ll walk until it goes down a small decline and the path splits. Go to the left. Continue until you run into a small tree in the middle of the path. Continue down the path until you see another, larger tree in the middle of the path. To the left, just in the woods, you will see two large square posts, about 5 to 6 feet tall and about 6 feet apart. Go to the one on the right and look behind it on the ground under debris for Stingy Jack’s favorite lantern.