Germans Invade Cypress LbNA # 53803
|Placed Date||May 31 2010|
|Last Update||Oct 13 2015|
Difficulty: Easy (but high up)
Distance to Letterbox: 50 yards
***** Part of the Texas Imagrants series
This box is located in St. John Luthern Cemetery. Settlers from Posen and Pomerania German came to the Cypress area in 1848. In 1853 the started the St John Luthern Church (which is still active). in 1873 a smallpox epidemic (there is a tombstone in the cemetery honoring the dead for this) killed 11 church members, who along with others in the area were buried on the property of Henry Raatz (a church member). Most of these graves were unmarked, except the oldest marked grave for Wilhelm Petrich. Raatz donated the land to the church for a graveyard, and it is still in use today, and is very well kept.
From Hwy 290 (heading toward Austin) exit Skinner Rd. Turn right on Skinner and go unitl 4 way stop at Huffmeister. Turn left on Huffmeister and go to end. Turn right on Cypress Church Rd and keep on it as it zig zags back an forth unitl you see street sign for Lurhtern Cemetery Rd. Go straigh and as road curves right you will see it straight ahead. Park at gate, or open and park inside gate.
To the Letterbox:
Walk to historical marker sign and read. Enter gate and walk left through pavillion to the cross. Look a little right between two trees to solo tombstone. Go to the Right Tree that framed it, and stand on left side. Reach up (about 6ft high) into mid section of the tree, under some sticks and it is sitting in this saddle. It is about 3x4 inches and fairly flat, painted green. Please put back so you can't see, and add sticks back on top.