QHP Letterbox #2: 2,019 Unmarked Graves   LbNA # 31468

Ownertwofreetimers    
Placed DateMay 31 2007
CountyOlmsted
LocationRochester, MN
Boxes1
Found Byluckylady
Last UpdateJul 18 2012

Clues

QHP Letterbox #2: 2,019 Unmarked Graves

Difficulty Easy
20 Minute walk (roundtrip)


In Quarry Hill is the site of the cemetery for the former Rochester State Hospital. For almost eighty years prior to the last burial in 1965, more than 2,000 patients from the hospital were laid to rest at this site. The site was part of the land sold by the State to the City of Rochester in 1964.

Although less than fifty of the grave sites have marked with stone markers, all grave locations are documented in books and on maps which, until recently, had been located in County Records offices. Quarry Hill nature Center staff and volunteers have retrieved the records and entered them in a database. This task was completed in 2002, with the computer records and a copy of the maps kept at Quarry Hill and the originals given to the Olmsted County History Center.

Rules to follow while in Park

o Bikes are to be used on paved bike paths only.
o All dogs should be leashed and cleaned up after.
o Park is opened from 5 am to dusk


The clues:

You have the option of searching for letterbox #2, from where you found Letterbox #1 (This is an adventurous hike and can be very slippery if the path is wet ) or you can retrace your steps back to the Quarry Hill Nature Center and take an easier route.

To continue on with the hike from the location of Letterbox #1, go to Adventurous Hike Clues.

To take the easier route, go to the Easy Hike Clues



Adventurous Hike Clues.

Come back on the dirt path to the "Historical Structure" sign. This time while facing the sign, take the path to the immediate right. Go past some old ruins and keep going straight. DO NOT take the path that goes off to the left, around the ruins.

After another 100 feet or so, there will be another split. Take the left trail. Soon there will be some large boulders on your right hand side. One of them has a image of a leaf chiseled into it.
Continue on the path. There will be a steep downhill path on your left, that leads to a paved path. Do not take that path. Just keep going straight on the trail. It soon will take you to the paved path without the danger of slipping.

When you get to the paved path, head to your right (west).
Next you will see an old fireplace on your right. Continue on this path until you reach the Pavilion Trail. You will pass a sign for the Quarry Hill Cave. Keep going on the path. You will soon enter a clearing. On your left will be the Federal Medical Center/Prison. On your right will be a bench that faces the Quarry Hill, for which the park was named. Continue straight on the path. The next landmark will be the old Historic Burr Oak on your left. Keep hiking... we are almost there.

Shortly you will come upon a large open field. This is actually a graveyard! When the State Hospital occupied these grounds in the late 1800s, the patients without families, upon passing, were buried in this field. There are 2100 mostly unmarked graves out there.

Walk across the field to the stone memorial to learn more about this graveyard. When you are through reading the plague head to the far right corner of the field (SE). Upon entering the woods there will a sign "State Hospital Cemetery". Take the right hand path about 25 feet to an old railroad tie half buried across the path. Turn to the right and face the woods. There will be an old tree stump a few feet in. Just to the right of the stump is an old hollow rectangular tie. The letterbox is in the left end of this tie. When you replace the box, insert it into the tie, just far enough so that it cannot be seen from the path.

Please re-hide accordingly. If you continue down this path, it will soon lead you back to the paved path you were on a while ago. Go east on the paved path and it will take you back to the parking lot.



Easy Hike Clues

Enter the park by the Quarry Hill Nature Center. Find the blacktop trail and this is where you will start your hunt. On this trail you will see many remains of the old state hospital. First you will see an old stonewall which is where the trucks were loaded with quarried stone.

Next you will see an old fireplace on your right. Continue on this path until you reach the Pavilion Trail. You will pass a sign for the Quarry Hill Cave. Keep going on the path. You will soon enter a clearing. On your left will be the Federal Medical Center/Prison. On your right will be a bench that faces the Quarry Hill, for which the park was named. Continue straight on the path. The next landmark will be the old Historic Burr Oak on your left. Keep hiking... we are almost there.

Shortly you will come upon a large open field. This is actually a graveyard! When the State Hospital occupied these grounds in the late 1800s, the patients without families, upon passing, were buried in this field. There are 2100 mostly unmarked graves out there.

Walk across the field to the stone memorial to learn more about this graveyard. When you are through reading the plague head to the far right corner of the field (SE). Upon entering the woods there will a sign "State Hospital Cemetery". Take the right hand path about 25 feet to an old railroad tie half buried across the path. Turn to the right and face the woods. There will be an old tree stump a few feet in. Just to the right of the stump is an old hollow rectangular tie. The letterbox is in the left end of this tie. When you replace the box, insert it into the tie, just far enough so that it cannot be seen from the path.

Please re-hide accordingly. If you continue down this path, it will soon lead you back to the paved path you were on a while ago. Go east on the paved path and it will take you back to the parking lot.


Be very careful there are a lot of hikers and bikers on this path, so you need to use caution when retrieving this box

Bring your own stamp pad. Suggested colors: black

Please email us when you find it: twofreetimers@yahoo.com

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