On our way up to the Dallas Arboretum we decided to do some letterboxing. Our first stop was at Ozro Cemetery to plant a box.
The historical marker text: In 1858 J.P. Gilmore and Richard D. Graves gave land for Pleasant Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and for this burial ground. The earliest marked graves date from 1870. J.H.L. Jackson donated additional land in 1895. At that time, the cemetery served Nation Town, a thriving community with several stores and a school. The village was renamed Ozro in 1898, when that post office opened. After the International & Great Northern Railroad reached this area in 1902, many residents moved to Maypearl, and Ozro declined. Today the cemetery is the only remnant of its past.
We then followed the residents of Ozro and moved on to Maypearl. We planted a box in the cemetery here also.
Part of the historical marker text: The community of Maypearl was established on the International and Great Northern Railroad line in 1903. The 1907 death of landowner William P. Wilemon and subsequent burial on his farm led Maypearl citizens to discuss the establishment of a cemetery for the community. Wilemon’s widow, Minnie, sold four acres of land, including the burial site of her husband, to trustees J. P. Claunch, A. W. Dowd and Isaac Griffith for that purpose.
There is an existing letterbox in Maypearl called “Brownie Elves at Church” which we stopped to look for. We were successfully in collecting this stamp.
We continued on to the Oak Branch Cemetery. It is all that remains of the community of Oak, TX, which used to be between Maypearl and Waxahachie. We planted a box here also.
After a wonderful visit to the Dallas Arboretum we stopped in Waxahatchie on the way home to do more letterboxing. Our first attempt was for “Non-Scary Skeleton“. It is listed in Rosemont Cemetery. They are in the process of renaming the cemetery. One side if finished the other is a work in progress. We were successful in collecting this stamp.
Next we tried for “A Lion’s Paw“. It was supposed to be by the soccer fields of Southwest Assemblies of God University. It has gone missing.
Our final fun search was for the new series located along the trail that starts in Getzendaner Memorial Park. This is “Help the Avengers Series” and there were five boxes to look for.
- Captain America’s Shield
- Hulk’s Strength
- Iron Man’s Mask
- Thor’s Hammer
- SHIELDs Bunker
This involves a stroll of about 3 miles (1 1/2 out and then back to your car) along a mostly paved hike/bike trail. It does have a lot of traffic. We were “first to find” on all of these boxes. I think I was stealthy enough and no one saw us locate or rehide the boxes.