Don’t Do This…Though Your Descendants Might Wish You Would

By Eilene Lyon

One way our ancestors may have left a trace of their passing is by carving their names in stone. You’ve likely heard how westward pioneers inscribed Independence Rock along the Oregon Trail, for example.

Don’t do this.

First of all, it creates an unsightly mess on our public lands. Secondly, you’d be breaking the law, and I don’t want you going to jail.

The image above shows the monikers of explorers who passed through this Utah canyon, in what is now Capital Reef National Park. There are also some famed inscriptions in the Grand Canyon, visible only if you go down the Colorado River.

On a recent trip to California for my gold rush research, I visited California Cavern in Calaveras County. This cave was discovered during that era and was explored by many miners. In 1853, two men decided to turn it into a tourist attraction to make money. My ancestor, Henry Zane Jenkins, helped them prepare the way by opening up passages.

Near the original entrance, thousands of visitors, including the miners, carved their names over a 100-year period. H. Z. Jenkins etched his name in three places. As you pass by, the stony walls whisper “I was here, remember me” over and over.

JenkinsEtching-bit

I was also able to locate the inscriptions made by two other men who are subjects of my book, Peter N. Liestenfeltz and John C. Teach. John went above and beyond, adding a date and his home: Blackford County, Indiana, a place he never saw again after making his mark in a California cave.

IMG_7085

IMG_7102

3 thoughts on “Don’t Do This…Though Your Descendants Might Wish You Would

Add yours

  1. The only trace of the Lewis and Clark expedition is outside of Billings on a rock known as Pompey’s Pillar. Clark carved his name in the rock. http://www.pompeyspillar.org.

    Where I live in Colorado, in the San Luis Valley, are rock paintings and carvings and some of them are from the Spanish explorers of the 16th century. I think we’re all glad they’re there, but no one wants anyone doing that now. It’s funny.

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

raynotbradbury

Creative Writing. Book Reviews. Adult Humour.

Plantaesthetic

Everything we do is driven by aesthetic

The Indiana History Blog

Presented by the Indiana Historical Bureau

ResearchBuzz

News and resources covering social media, search engines, databases, archives, and other such information collections. Since 1998.

Fiction Favorites

with John W. Howell

unbolt me

the literary asylum

Diverting Journeys

A travelogue of museums, historic homes, and other curious destinations.

Love Travelling

Travel diaries providing inspiration for planning the perfect trip

Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors & Me

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.” Teaching children values and giving them the opportunity to excel are essential to good parenting. However, I feel I must also provide my children (and myself) insight into the ones who came before us: our ancestors whose lives and stories have shaped us into who we are. This is my journey; these are their stories…

Sunshine, Raindrops and Tea in the Garden

🌸 Life | Body | Soul and a sprinkle of sparkle 🌸

UNREMEMBERED

A History of the Famously Interesting and Mostly Forgotten

K.M. Allan

A YA Writer Fueled By Chocolate And Green Tea

HistorianRuby: An Historian's Miscellany

Early modern historian. Loves gender, women's, social & royal histories. Ventures elswhere when interest is piqued. Blog may cover above themes or something a little more random. Find me on Twitter @ruthrblair

ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/

To participate in the Ragtag Daily Prompt, create a Pingback to your post, or copy and paste the link to your post into the comments. And while you’re there, why not check out some of the other posts too!

My Slice of Mexico

Discover and re-discover Mexico’s cuisine, culture and history through the recipes, backyard stories and other interesting findings of an expatriate in Canada

Entomology Today

Brought to you by the Entomological Society of America

Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog

Mindfulness, Philosophy, Spirituality, Meditation, Awareness, Religion, Nature Photography

Writer Side Of Life

Kim Jacque - A sleep-deprived crafter of corset-busting females

%d bloggers like this: