BLUE MOUND (Washington County)

There is a lone hill a few miles east of Dewey. From a distance it appears to have a bluish color, thus the name “Blue Mound”. I was approaching from the east and noticed some white rocks high on the hillside. They were roughly triangular in shape and stood out against the drab background color. These stones were set in place many years ago by explorers who were marking their trail. To my knowledge this site has never been investigated. It is likely that on this hill there are other signs and symbols which could be helpful in determining who these men were and on what date they passed through this region. This is obviously a trail marker that was once of great importance but in modern times it remains undocumented.
An attack on a wagon train occurred a short distance to the north of this hill, I was told. The westbound pioneers were heavily armed and the Indians were repelled. The travelers buried their dead at the site. They marked the graves with wooden crosses. Also they abandoned three wagons. The reason being there weren’t enough animals left to pull them. I was also told that during World War II somebody picked up the wheel rings and other iron from the abandoned wagons, for a scrap metal drive, making the site impossible to find. The grave markers are all gone and the names have been lost to time. Perhaps no trace remains of the events except for this story. Copyright Bill Wade #grampawbill

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