On the way home Lyle and I accidentally managed to see something that I've been wanting to find. A friend in the UP told me about this, but I hadn't seen it.
There is no sign at the road. We just happened to pick this rest stop and discovered interpretive panels near the beach.
In 1820 a likeness of an Nishnaabe Indian was carved in the rock by a French Voyageur who was accompanying Lewis Cass on his exploration that eventually led him to the headwaters of the Mississippi River. The Indian's name was Ogichidaa, Powers of the Air. He was one of the last of the Nishnaabe tribe that lived near here and on Grand Island.
This was the view from the sign. Wonder where the face is?
I scanned the rocks with the telephoto lens, but I didn't know what size of a carving I was looking for.
We decided to walk down the beach.
Can you see it now?
Aha! It is only a little over a foot high. Another sign had warned us it was badly eroded.
Here's what it probably looked like originally. This was on one of the signs.
There is a short book about the history of it all that I have seen, but I don't own it.
And soon I'll be off to work for the night. No sleep tomorrow because there is a local author event I'll be participating in.
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