OK, all you internet gurus… I have a search for you! On our little geology trip the other day, our neighbor showed us this.
I know you can’t see it well here, but this gives you a perspective. Halfway up the steep slope, under a little overhang…
A cross is in a recessed rectangle… then “1784 B. E. AZH”. Now, my neighbor called it a reversed “S” not a “Z”, so it would read “ASH”.
Could even be “Azlt” if you want to make it so, but that’s just to give us options! Now, around here, 1784 is EARLY! WAY EARLY. It is much more likely to be 1874! Lewis and Clark started out in 1804, and they didn’t come this far south. A lost Spanish priest? With the name of Ash? Hmmmmm.
Could be a fake.
But how curious to add the cross, don’t you think?
I suppose we’ll never know, but it definitely ranks as a local mystery!
Any historians out there? Here’s your research project!!