The Trunkless Tree - Campbell Cemetery

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Is it an optical illusion or a spirited trick? Locals say that if you visit this cemetery at night and turn off your headlights, you will see a tree that looks as if it has no trunk. It appears to float in the air. Reports say there used to be two such trees, but one has been cut down.

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Geographic Information

Mt. Vernon Rd. SE
Bertram, Iowa
United States

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41.97551958089287, -91.53905469524534
Linn County, Iowa
Nearest Towns:
Bertram, IA (1.8 mi.)
Marion, IA (5.0 mi.)
Cedar Rapids, IA (5.8 mi.)
Mount Vernon, IA (7.3 mi.)
Ely, IA (7.4 mi.)
Springville, IA (7.6 mi.)
Hiawatha, IA (8.4 mi.)
Lisbon, IA (8.7 mi.)
Robins, IA (9.3 mi.)
Martelle, IA (9.7 mi.)


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