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Polk City, Iowa: Virgin Mary in a Tree

A six-foot-tall stain on a tree trunk, right next to the main road through town, resembles Mary more than Jesus; depends on who you ask. First noticed in 2014. Visitors leave flowers.

S. 3rd St., Polk City, IA
On the south edge of town, on the northbound side of S. 3rd St. just north of its intersection with Hwy 415. Park across the street at the gas station. Mary is only visible driving north.
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Virgin Mary in a tree.

Virgin Mary in a Tree

The little white house is gone and the land is for sale, but the tree is still there.

[Eryn, 08/09/2021]

Mary in a tree.

Virgin Mary in a Tree

Not worth getting off the highway, but it was on our way home from Jester Park.

[Beckey, 06/15/2015]

Miracle Mary in tree trunk.

Virgin Mary in a Tree

At the Virgin Mary tree, we pulled into the driveway of the house -- it appeared to be abandoned. There was not a "No Parking" sign visible. Watch your speed when entering the town, it seems to be a speed trap.

[Amy, 03/30/2015]

"But officer, I was hurrying to my absolution at the miracle tree of the Virgin Mary!"

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