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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 TH8 HERAIO Tuetdey, June ELECTROHOME 20" COLOR WITH REMOTE CONTROL Changes channels 3 Volume levels Turn set off cvnd on from the comfort of your bed SIECTRO-IOK ELECTRO-COLOR ELECTRO-TINT Reg. with stand '549 Van's TV Sales Service 1238 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5020 MEMORIALS By MASTER CRAFTSMEN IMPERIAL BLACK GRANITE Also Balmoral Red and Oxford Grey Granite MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS Largest Stock of Memorials in Southern Alberta LETHBRIDGE MONUMENTAL TILE WORKS LIMITED 325 8th ST. S., LETHBRIDGE PHONE 327-3920 We are the experienced consultants in PRE-NEED SALES Writing on Stone Concluded from Page 17 Another theory a little far out, perhaps suggests that Polynesians drifted across the Pacific Ocean to British Co- lumbia, made their way inland and found a mountain pass which took them to the Milk River area a thousand years ago. And then there is the Milk River man who claims an ornery old district farmer did the writings himself years ago, a possibility rejected both by scholars and district residents who hope the writings cfli be further studied and preserved for all to see. The studying and preserva- tion had better come quick. The writings have been seriously damaged in several places. And of those sites relatively un- touched by vandals, park offi- cials admit it will be a race to see who gets there first, the preservers or the destroyers. Alex Johnston, president of the Whoop-Up Country Chap- ter of the Alberta Historical Association, shakes his head with disgust when he thinks of the damage done to the writ- ings. But he suggests the puz- zling psychology of today's vandals who carve their ini- tials over the Indian writings may be very similar to that of the Indians themselves who, hundreds of years ago, scratch- ed their likeness into the smooth rock. You've heard about the writ- ings. And you've seen the boo- doos. But the more modern his- tory of this valley is easily as interesting. The wild west was never wilder than right here. If it wasn't cattle rustlers driving stolen herds from hundreds of miles inside the United States into Canada seeking cover through these coulees, then it was whisky smugglers and rum runners sneaking along these valley hustling the booze across the border in both di- rections depending on which country was living under pro- hibition at the time. The situation was so bad that in 3886 Supt. Sam Steele of the North West Mounted Police was ordered to set up detach- ments in the area to handle the villains. About two miles from the Writing On Stone campground on the opposite side of the river, is the site of one of those early NWMP detachments. The future of this park lies in the promises of the provin- cial government to develop the NWMP site, including a bridge across the river, and to pre- serve the Indian writings. Reconstructed If the government lives up to ts word, it isn't hard to fore- see a fully reconstructed NWMP barracks, a bridge across the Milk River carrying visitors from the main park area on the north side to the NWMP site and Indian writings on the south, dozens of guides and nature trails and pre- served Indian writings on both sides of the river. With the attractions must come a few other improve- ments a much better all- weather road, a greatly ex- panded campsite with more convenient water outlets and improved bathroom facilities. This park is an easy 90-min- ute drive from Lethbridge (south to Milk River, then east 26 Sitting up here look- ing over the valley with the blue Sweetgrass Hills in the distance, it doesn't take much for a person to imagine a ma- jor lourist attraction plunked out here in the middle of no- where. CHARTER FLIGHTS TO LONDON (ENGLAND) by WARDAIR Also limited flights still available to AMSTERDAM and FRANKFURT A DVANCE B COKING C BARTERS NO BOOKING REQUIREMENTS Frequent departures still available in JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER, 1973 Contact A.JVLA. World Travel Service 608 5th Ave.S. Phone 328-7921 or All enquiries welcome Office open Monday fliro Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ample free at ef building ;