Old Trees  LbNA # 43172

OwnerLindsays Snowman    
Placed DateSep 1 2008
LocationCincinnati, OH
Found By hppy2Bmom
Last Found Nov 1 2014
Hike Distance?
Last EditedDec 29 2015

Old Trees (planted September 1, 2008)

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Cincinnati, Ohio is the second largest cemetery in the United States. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The history of the arboretum can be found at: http://www.springgrove.org/sg/arboretum/history.shtm

Besides two species of trees named after Spring Grove, there are the Ohio and National Champion Trees (see another set of clues about these) as well as numerous trees over 100 years old. Several of these old trees must be found in order to find the 6 letterboxes in this series.

Directions to Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum:

Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is located at 4521 Spring Grove Blvd. From I75, exit on W. Mitchell Blvd and drive west to Spring Grove Blvd. Turn left, continue past Winton Road to the entrance to the cemetery on the right.

Spring Grove Cemetery was founded in 1845 and is the second largest cemetery in the US. In 2007, it was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark by the US Park Service.

A map to the cemetery can be found at: http://www.springgrove.org/sg/maps/maps.shtm

Or you can obtain a map at the Visitors Center after entering the main gates of the cemetery.

In most cases, the trees you are looking for are amongst the largest in the section.


Follow the green striped road to section 22. Look for the Ginko tree, it is right next to the road and labeled. A pond is behind it.

After reading the label on the tree, turn around. You will see a cannon across the street and in the distance. Closer still will be the Huenefeld Mausoleum. To the left of the mausoleum and a bit in front of it is an evergreen tree. Look carefully in the vertical folds of the tree on the left side. The Ginko letterbox is in a pouch covered with bark and sticks. Please cover well after stamping in.

Bur Oak

Continue on the green striped road to section 57 (when I was planting the boxes, this road became gravel since I think they are going to repave it; if it is still gravel, the map from the visitors center is a must).

In section 57 look for a very large tree along side the road labeled Bur Oak.

To find the Bur Oak letterbox continue along the road next to section 57. You will see the bust of Mr. Reif to the right of the old tree, followed by monuments to Marmet, Luhrman, Knapp and Jung in lot 86 to the right. Back to section 57 you will see the mausoleum of John H. Frey. Back to section 86, you will see the Reichert statue. She is looking back across the street at a tree to the right of the fir tree. This is an Umbrella tree (it is labeled). The Bur Oak letterbox is hidden in this tree. Rehide and cover well.

Black Walnut

Continue on the green striped road to section 111. The Black Walnut tree is labeled, but it most likely is not the “old” tree since it is not big enough. While searching for a hiding spot I did find two large stumps; one of which could have been the “old” tree that I had hoped to find. Anyways, the labeled black walnut tree is next to the road and across from section 104. After finding the tree, look for the Weisenborn plot with a statue facing section 104. Find the Brenner monument in section 104. This is unique in that it has three statues and a bust. Nearby is a labeled Birdnest Spruce with “104” very close by. The Black Walnut letterbox is tucked under the largest branch coming from the ground and covered with bark. Please hide and cover well.

White Oak

Near section 111 is section 101. Go to this section and look for a very large tree. I found two such trees (large ones that is); but you are looking for the one labeled White Oak which is across from section 100. As you are looking at the labeled side of the tree you will see a long branch extending from the tree that goes over “Gray” and “Flohr” and “Our Papa” to the Schaefer plot. An evergreen bush is on the left of the labeled side of the marker in the center of the plot. The White Oak letterbox is tucked under this evergreen. Please rehide well.

American Elm

Now you will need to find the white striped road and follow it down until you find section 53 on the right. You are looking for a very large tree that is not labeled. But it is guarded by House, Roehrer & Michel, the Stiegler “tree,” Peper, Hartkopf, Hood, Bauer and Tozzer. Look in the tree for the American Elm letterbox. As usual, rehide and recover well.

White Ash

Look for section 51 near where the American Elm was found. After you find the large and labeled White Ash, from the labeled side look for two tall monuments labeled Hanks (the reddish one) and Striker/Wilder – you will be looking at the backs of these monuments and will have to go around the front to identify them. Standing between these monuments cross the street to the circular section 50. From the center of this section, look across the street to the Ohio Champion tree – the Turkey Oak (should be familiar to you if you did the Champion Tree series). This tree is in section 42. From the Turkey Oak look for a slightly twisted looking tree that is labeled on the backside as a Common Catalpa, which is behind the Wilson obelisk. From the labeled side of the tree, go to the black monument. Cross the street to section 31 and find the Goldenraintree (it is labeled). Facing the labeled side of the tree, look beyond for two unlabeled white obelisks, both about 8 feet tall. Behind these are a magnolia tree on the right (not sure if it is labeled; but I have one in my yard so I know what it looks like) and a Chinese Date tree (labeled) on the left. The White Ash letterbox is in the trunk of the part of the tree that is to the right of the labeled trunk. There are lots of loose branches covering the White Ash letterbox.