elephant tree/native trail marker tree

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adam.rosen
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elephant tree/native trail marker tree

Post by adam.rosen » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:13 pm

Here is the famed Putney Mountain "Elephant Tree" a huge Ash tree, circa 2002, with my kids and I much younger than we are now. Of course, no measurements from me, just the experience of the tree. It is supposed to be a Native American Trail Marker from the 1700's. Probably is too.
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Re: elephant tree/native trail marker tree

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:46 pm

Adam, A really cool photo of you guys and that's a wild looking ash. Larry

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Re: elephant tree/native trail marker tree

Post by Rand » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:04 am

Lawrence Woods State Nature preserve in NW Ohio has similar looking white Oak called the Rhinoceros tree:
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/eckybay/3497683776/

Originally a local college professor claimed this was one of three trees pulled down to mark the end of a survey line for the Virginia Military District (an early settlement district before the NW ordinance and Ohio being granted statehood). However, the current interpretive signs don't definitively say whether this is signal tree or just a natural fluke. Who knows. It's cool looking anyway.

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Re: elephant tree/native trail marker tree

Post by Larry Tucei » Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:49 am

Randy, Another cool tree and it does look like a Rhino. Back at you guys- A live Oak that has a facial look to it. An octopus tree. Larry
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Re: elephant tree/native trail marker tree

Post by Rand » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:47 am

Larry Tucei wrote:Randy, Another cool tree and it does look like a Rhino. Back at you guys- A live Oak that has a facial look to it. An octopus tree. Larry
Nice tree. I guess I don't see the face, but I was never any good at that game.

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Re: elephant tree/native trail marker tree

Post by Larry Tucei » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:56 am

Two eyes and a big nose.

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Re: elephant tree/native trail marker tree

Post by adam.rosen » Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:46 pm

Thanks for the replies--a couple of fascinating looking trees.

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Re: elephant tree/native trail marker tree

Post by downesstudio » Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:11 pm

Adam, stumbled across your post of the possible native american Trail Marker Tree, my boss has been researching these trees for over three decades and actually has published a book regarding his research. I am curious if you would be willing to share this photo with us and/or give us a more specific location of how to get to this tree. We have some friends in the area that may be able to take some additional photos for us. It is a very cool looking tree and possibly a great example in the eastern states where the Trail Marker Trees are less prevalent.
Also if you're interested, his book is called "Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through the Wilderness"
Thanks!
Liz

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