Local History

The Legend of Indian Rock (South beaver Township, PA)

Several weeks ago I hiked into the state game lands in South Beaver Township in search of the infamous ‘Indian Rock.’ Various theories have generated much attention over the years concerning this intriguing sculpture that sits on the ground in a quite remote part of the township in the middle of the woods. First off, it is an ARDUOUS hike to access it. The rock sits on top of a giant hill that has undergone some strip mining action on its west side. The climb to get to to the top requires a lot of physical endurance; it is sharply STEEP a climb and a bit dangerous. When I finally reached what I believed was the TOP of the hill, I was still unable to locate it. There sits a ‘second’ hill that is just a few feet more to the north; it is there that you will find the rock. Several ideas flashed through my mind when I began to photograph it.

The rock is about five feet long and three feet wide.

A lot of local folks are under the impression that the holes carved into the rock were done by certain Native American tribes that inhabited the region. This is highly unlikely. I will give my reason: Indians who resided in our region did not build in stone. They lacked the tools, hence when you hunt and hike in our woods, there is little or no evidence of their passing. Most of the material they used was made of wood, save arrow and spearheads that one will be LUCKY enough ever to find! Over the years, I have seen a few authentic arrow and spearheads from our region at the American Indian Festival that is an annual event at CCBC. I also know of a few of these precious items within personal collections in our area. While our region probably has been inhabited for at least 15,000 years, Indians of this region did not have much use for ‘stone dwellings’; however, this is not to suggest that stone was invaluable to them, they certainly used it. That said, it is not entirely out of the question that a ‘traveling Indian’ could have made the holes with tools that Indians in our region eventually would trade with white settlers. Albeit, it is highly unlikely that they would have wasted any amount of time drilling holes in this large stone. So, who made the stones? They certainly are manmade. 

No one is certain how deep the rock is in the ground.

Another local legend tells of a man who lived in the area many years ago and carved the holes into the stone to be used as animal and bird feeders! Actually, it makes more sense to believe this theory than Indians carving it. As far as the religious implications of the stone, I cannot find any on here. The Iroquois and Algonquin tribes of this area would not have carved representations of their deities into anything. The stone is about 5 feet long and 3 feet wide. It is fascinating to look at and wonder why someone went through so much trouble to carve the holes; they are considerably deep and wide. Nevertheless, the stone continues to shroud itself in mystery. No one will ever know who actually created it. 

 

  Here is a video I took of the area and the rock itself.

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