SnoFlake #1 LbNA # 37631
|Placed Date||Jan 18 2008|
Alms Park is located off of Hwy 50 (Columbia Parkway) on the southeast side of Cincinnati. Take Hwy 50 east from I71 or I75 and turn left on Tusculum Avenue. Enjoy the painted ladies as you drive up the hill to the stone entrance to the park.
From the website on Alms Park: The Frederick H. Alms Memorial Park lies on Mt. Tusculum with its magnificent vantage point overlooking the broad Ohio River, a point originally called "Bald" Hill because the Indians had cleared the trees from its summit to have an unobstructed view of the early settlers of "Columbia." The land was once owned by Nicholas Longworth, who produced his famous Catawba wine there before the Civil War. The entrance to his underground wine cellar can still be seen to the northeast of the park's pavilion.
Parcels of park property were purchased with funds provided by the Alms estate, until the park was composed of its present 93.7 acres. From its heights, one can see the juncture of the Little Miami River with the gigantic bend of the Ohio, the hills of Kentucky, Lunken Airport, and the panoramic valleys.
The Stephen Collins Foster Memorial Statue, looks to the Kentucky hills which inspired so many of the songs written by Foster during the period between 1845 and 1850 when he lived near the Cincinnati waterfront. It is an appropriate spot for a memorial to one who wrote "My Old Kentucky Home.”
A map of the park is at: http://dynamic.cinci-parks.org/images/park_media/159.gif?43
Drive around Alms Park (the road is one way), passing the statue of Stephen Foster and the Pavilion on your left. Look for an Ohio River Overlook that is facing west.
Walk down to the overlook and find Kensie’s compass. Standing in the middle of this compass face approximately east. Look for a bench with the words “For Betsy – my princess.” Immediately beyond this bench still looking east are two in line large holly trees. Go to the second tree and look in the trunk approximately 5 feet from the ground for the letterbox depicting what Lindsay’s Snowman is made of – SnoFlake #1.
Please hide well so that the letterbox is not showing in anyway – remember that this park is very well groomed.
If you go back to the overlook and read the words on all of the benches and memorials you may recognize many prominent names of people in Cincinnati.
Please note: This stamp was part of the postal letterbox Christmas in Ohio series (SnoStyle) but is now out in the wild!