The Snake Hollow Squirrel LbNA # 49751 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Aug 12 2009|
|Last Update||Nov 14 2009|
***4/30/13 Letterbox is missing.***
Back in the 1830s Potosi was called Snake Hollow. The villages got its current name when the settlements of Snake Hollow, Van Buren, and Osceola combined in 1839 to form Potosi, probably named by lead miners after Potosi, Missouri. History enthusiasts will find more information upon touring the Passage Thru Time Museum, St. John’s Mine, and the Potosi Brewery Museum.
The Snake Hollow Squirrel is located in Hickory Hill Park, a recreational area nicely maintained by village staff and a volunteer board. You can find the park by driving south on East Street and turning left onto Park Street (heading south/southwest). You will drive past restrooms on the left and a shelter and playground area on your right. Keep driving until you pass a shelter on your left, and continue on until you reach the turn-around point. There will be a second, smaller shelter house on your left.
Park your vehicle and start walking south-east past this shelter until you see a trail heading into the woods. Stay on the trail and it will turn left and go down a hill. Before you turn left (north/northeast) to follow the trail, pause and notice a tree whose trunk has grown over a wire fence about two feet off the ground!
Continue on the trail, down a dip and up a hill (heading north). You should see the top of a red barn in the distance. The trail will end in a huge clearing. Follow the tree line, keeping the woods to your left. Continue for quite a distance as the woods heads back south, so that you have walked almost in a complete circle since you started out. There should be light poles and horseshoe pits off to your right. Walk down the hill until you see the culvert from the park road directly off to your far right (southwest).
If you look into the woods, you will see a massive fallen white oak, at least 100 feet tall. The tree spans a ravine that has been washed out by localized flooding. Head into the woods and find the base of this huge tree. Six feet up from the base, that sneaky Squirrel should be nestled in a crook of the tree. Please be sure to put it back securely in its hiding spot, and use any leaves or brush that you wish for proper concealing.
Be sure to enjoy a picnic or the playground area before leaving beautiful Hickory Hill Park! Thanks for looking!