John Grimm's grave.

Roadside Grave Of A Man Killed By A Tree

Field review by the editors.

Marion, Ohio

This ancient American roadside attraction has puzzled passersby for 180 years. John Grimm, age 52, was killed by a falling tree here on October 6, 1833. His white marble gravestone slab, set flush with the ground, lies at the edge of a peaceful back road.

Grimm's tombstone is so old that its inscriptions were re-chiseled at some long-ago date, and now even those re-chiselings are almost worn away by time. The extra effort suggests that someone felt that it was important to remember Grimm's grim fate, as is the fact that the grave is protected by upright limestone slabs, loosely bolted together with rusted bars, forming a box.

John Grimm's deteriorating gravestone.

To ensure that no tree will ever fall on John Grimm again?

We realize that this is a strange tourist attraction, and admit that its importance to our "Trees That Kill" category grew in direct proportion to how many times we crisscrossed little county roads trying to find it.

If it's any consolation, there's an assortment of other oddities to inspect in nearby Marion, including Napoleon's Horse, the Popcorn Museum, and a Mysterious Moving Tombstone.

Roadside Grave Of A Man Killed By A Tree

Address:
Cardington Rd, Marion, OH
Directions:
Southeast of town. Hwy 98 south, cross Hwy 529, then first left (east) onto C-148/Firsten-Berger Rd. Third right onto C-153/East River Rd. First left onto C-154/Cardington Rd. Limestone box is on the right road shoulder about 1/4 mile.
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