Kyle Hanging Tree  LbNA # 67893

OwnerSilver Eagle      
Placed DateOct 24 2014
LocationKyle Cemetery, Kyle, TX
Found By screamin meemie
Last Found May 19 2017
Hike Distance?
Last EditedJan 3 2016

*** Part of my Famous Trees Of TX Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 100 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: brown
Status: alive

Texans are fortunate to have such a rich and colorful historic heritage and trees which serve as witnesses to some of these historic events. Texas has also been blessed with trees famous for being the largest of their kind in America. "Famous Trees Of Texas" is a book written in 1970 by the Texas Forest Service that describes these trees, and this series will take you to some of them.

Sometime in the late 1840s, long before the town of Kyle came into existence, some cowboys from the Kyle Ranch were rounding up stray cows when they discovered a man hanging from a limb of a live oak. Not knowing the man's identity or why he had been hanged, they cut the body down and buried it beside this tree in an unmarked grave, and the tree became known as the Kyle Hanging Tree. In 1849 Willie Parks, an orphan boy whom the Kyles had befriended, was also buried near the tree so Colonel Kyle donated the plot of ground as a community cemetery, which is now known as Kyle Cemetery. This cemetery now contains the remains of some of the earliest settlers of Hays County, including Colonel Kyle's son Captain Ferguson Kyle for whom the town of Kyle was named, along with this letterbox.

From I35 go west on Center Street about 0.4 mile to Sledge Street and turn left. Go 0.8 mile, passing the Kyle Auction Oak on the right, to Opal Ln and turn right. Go 0.4 mile to Old Stagecoach Rd, turn left and go 1.2 miles to Kyle Cemetery on the left. At Y jct with Historical marker in center, go right about 50 yards and park before road bends left.

Walk right to the Hanging Tree by itself with stone marker at base, then turn left (south) and walk to barbed-wire fence to right of Pioneer Cemetery gate. Go right and follow it about 60 steps to where it meets a chain-link fence. Letterbox is 1 foot left of the end wood post under rocks. Please replace as described and be discreet.