Roadside Grave Of A Man Killed By A Tree
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.
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.