The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Friday, October 25, 2013

Inscription Rock on Kelleys Island

The islands of Lake Erie hold some unique history. On Kelly's Island, there is a large slab of limestone where Native Americans used to carve messages.

It is thought that these pictographs gave information about hunting and fishing sites on and around the islands and told of events in the area.

Inscription Rock under protective roof

While the rock has been weathered over time, there was a sketch made of the pictographs by an army Captain that preserves some of what has been eroded away.

This is a representation of a drawing made by Captain Seth Eastman (of the US Army) in 1850 

The rock is over 32 feet x 21 feet

The weathered carvings are still evident on the rock

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