The Hound's Tree  LbNA # 38547 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerLone Star Quilter    
Placed DateMar 30 2008
CountySan Jacinto
LocationColdspring, TX
Found By KAR
Last Found Nov 21 2010
Hike Distance?

The word dogwood comes from dagwood, from the use of the slender stems of very hard wood for making 'dags' (daggers). The wood was also highly prized for making loom shuttles, arrows, tool handles, and other small items that required a very hard and strong wood. Larger items were also made of dogwood such as the screw in basket-style wine or fruit presses. Another earlier name of the dogwood in English is the whipple-tree. Geoffrey Chaucer uses the word whippletree in the Canterbury Tales (The Knight's Tale, verse 2065) to refer to the dogwood. Another larger item made of dogwood still bears the name of the tree from which it is carved. The whippletree is an element of the traction of a horse-drawn cart, which links the drawpole of the cart to the harnesses of the horses in file. The name Dog-Tree entered English vocabulary by 1548, and had been further transformed to Dogwood by 1614. Once the name dogwood was affixed to the tree, it soon acquired a secondary name as the Hound's Tree, while the fruits came to be known as dogberries or houndberries.

This box is located at Double Lake Recreation Area near Coldspring, Texas. If you are going north from Houston on Highway 59, look for the Coldspring exit at Cleveland and take it, then follow Hwy. 2025 for about 15 miles to the park entrance on the right. Enter and pay your fee, then proceed, keeping right, and park by the swimming hole.

To the box:
Take the Lakeshore Trail next to the lake, keeping the lake on your left. When you come to where the Lakeshore Trail intersects the Lone Star Trail, turn to the right and follow the Lone Star Trail. Eventually, The trail will become hilly and the creek will be down to the left. Keep going all the way down the hill to a green post and make the sharp turn left by the barbed wire fence, then right on the trail to the top of the hill. Three bike trails meet here and all go down a steep hill. Take the one to the right and cross the trail at the bottom. You’ll see a “Danger” sign warning of a pipe line. To the right of that sign and in front of you, just off the trail, you’ll see two small spreading Dogwood trees. In March or early April, they will be unmistakable. The Hound’s Tree is behind the one on your left, under forest debris.