Ever wondered why some trees are so misshapen? People have been warping trees for years, and continue to do so today. Sometimes, a tree’s odd shape is the result of human intervention for the purposes of wayfinding and navigation. By altering their natural growth pattern as a young sapling, Native Americans used trail marker trees as floristic road maps to pinpoint key travel routes and important landmarks.
On the site of the former Grand Traverse County Fairgrounds, now known as Civic Center Park, stands a protected Indian Trail Marker Tree. Such trees can occasionally still be found in forests and woodlands, but they are seldom formally protected from potential vandals or others with ill intent. Many trail maker trees were destroyed when forests were cleared for agricultural purposes, while others have been lost to development.
|World’s Largest Cherry Pie Tin||2020||4km||site_ao|
|Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park||2019||4.7km||site_ao|
|Botanical Garden Visitor’s Center Gift Shop Tunnel||2019||4.7km||site_ao|
|Perry Hannah Statue||2019||2.5km||site_ao|
|Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park Fairy Trail||2019||4.7km||site_ao|
|Coast Guard City Monument||2019||1.6km||site_ao|
|Doug Murdick’s Rooftop Box of Fudge||2019||3.7km||site_ao|
|The Grave of Traverse Colantha Walker, a World Champion Cow||2019||4.6km||site_ao|
|The River Guardian||2019||2.3km||site_ao|
|Tunnels of Traverse City State Hospital||2019||4.1km||site_ao|
|The Hippie Tree||2017||4.7km||site_ao|
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