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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, 1973 THE LETHBMDOf HERALD 17 It's awful easy to let your imagination soar as you perch precariously atop these sand- stone towers at Writing On Stone provincial park. That's muddy Milk River winding along down there, just as it has for centuries cen- turies that have seen warriors and hunters from several dif- ferent Indian nations and white rum runners, rustlers and all- around no-goods from both tbs United States and Canada use these strange-looking rocks for shelter. It's the landscape that has brought most of the 25 camp- ing parties and couple dozen picnickers here today. Mom and dad relax in the shade white junior and his boisterous buddies climb and hike and burn off a little energy search- ing for rum runners and other rogues among the rocks. Hidden treasure But unique in appearance though it is, Writing On Stone would likely be at its zenith right now if it wasn't for the archeological treasures hidden through the rocks for miles up the river. It Is these treasures that are likely to transform this place from a mere likely scene for a western movie to a recreation and tourist area of consider- able stature. The treasures are, of course, the petroglyphs the Indian writings. Mysteriously scratch- ed in the soft sandstone rock, they have puzzled scholars for years! One theory is the writings are simple "doodlings" scratch- ed by Indians who were camp- ed in the rocks and needed something to do. So they made likenesses of the things they knew men, horses, weapons, animals. And they could have been doodled by several different Indian tribes who have lived in the area through the centuries Blackfoot, the Kootanae, ths Fend d'Orielles, Flatheads, the Crees, the Sioux, the Crows and the Assiniboines. The earlier writings feature men with pointed shoulders, animals and nature. As horses and more modern weapons ap- peared on the plains, the sub- jects of the writings changed. Trade goods appeared on the plains about 1760 and there- fore it is known the carvings of spears and guns were done since then. Professor J. W. T. SpinSs of the University of Saskatchewan thinks that since remnants of the Yuma Indian culture have been found near Saskatoon, perhaps these writings at Writ- ing On Stone wsre done by these Indians who wandered into Southern Alberta. Continued on Page 18 USED FARM EQUIPMENT AND TRUCKS! HAYING SEASON 15 ft. 103 Versatile SP Swather 18 ft. 103 Versatile SP Swather 15 ft. C.C.I.L PTO Swather 18 ft. Versatile PTO Center Delivery Swather 20 ft. Versatile PTO Center Delivery Swather Allied Bale Stoolcer with Hyd. Orbital Motor Masscy Ferguson 1968 No. 12 Raler Massey Ferguson No. 12 Baler, new in summer of 1972 We have a selection yet of New Balers but New Bale Wagons getting in short supply TRUCKS! 1972 G.M.C. TON 9700 miles, V8 motor, auto, trans., P.B. 1970 CHEV. 3 TON 350 V-8, 5 speed trans., 2 speed axle, power steering, new 14 foot steel box ond hoist. 1971 CHEV. TON 292 6 cyl., 4 speed irons., radio. 1965 IHC 1700 LOADSTAR TRACTOR V-8, 5 speed, 5th wheel ond hoses, 2 rood tanks. Call: RICHARDSON GOULD LTD. VERSATILE NEW HOLLAND WHITE-COCKSHUTT Corner 3rd Ave.and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 Tire stone STORES We make it easy Phone 485-2211 VULCAN, Alto. 1973 ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT DELUXE CHAMPION POLYESTER WHITEWALLS 70 H78xl5 ;