This is another example of a type of rockpile that seems to use a 'rectangle like' rock as a type of anchor or signature. Along with a triangle shape on the other end. If this is a rock clearing pile, why would you take the time and effort to do something like this.
here. There is also another type of rock pile like this up there:
Most of the records here in Johnstown state that the Native American's had abandoned the area by the 1700's. I don't believe that in the least. If anything, I believe that alot of would be remnants are long gone because of our history of floods. Indians weren't stupid, I believe they just headed up higher. I will be posting more on this subject soon. But until then if you would like to learn more about the history of Indians especially the Monogohela Culture in Cambria County - just check out my other blog at: http://cambriahistory.blogspot.com/2010/02/browns-farm-johnstown-lower-yoder.html.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I ran across this in an area near the stone walls I have been posting pictures off. It seemed a little too on the mark. The land has been abandoned since the 1950's. The owner who was half black and half white also from my research had some Native American ancestry.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I'm still trying to get a read on this wall. It's a couple of hundred feet long. There is a lot of damage with most of it is in bad shape. Being this high up, sections of this mountain make their own weather at times. Add to this that it looks like different phases on construction. Parts look trapezoid with a 'farm' look while other sections remind me of an 'indian' look. But having said this, I will be showing a unique standing stone at one end that sits at the beginning of a very large rock pile - mound would be a better word for it.
With this photo I'm trying to show you the wall curving it's way up along the top of the photo.
This is by far the widest section of the wall and it's also in the best shape, before it gets to sections like this that as you can see have a lot of tree debris. Considering the amount of flooding past and present Johnstown gets, it's easy to imagine alot of rain water rolling off this side of the mountain.
There are some nice size trees growing in the middle of parts of this wall.
I'm now heading to the other end of the wall towards the very large rock pile - mound and the burnt standing stone that seems to anchor this end. As you can tell from the picture the uniform construction of the wall is becoming disorganized. The wall sort of ends with the two trees on the right hand side of the frame before turning into a rock pile - mound area.
This section which sits on a steep section of the hill looks like the rocks were just dumped as in a field clearing pile.
But this section looks intentional to me.
Like I said this rock pile - mound is quite large. This picture shows part of what looks like a sunken area within the mound.
This rather plain looking area with a stone that kind of looks like a mantiou stone is at the tail end of this section of the wall. This angle is from the side.
Heading around to the front of this section you see then this unique small standing stone. It's in the center of the frame.
I have no idea what geologic force could have produced this - since the other side of the stone looks normal.
This is intentional.
I walked around to what is the front of the standing stone.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
This is the obituary of John Smith (died January 1895) - he was the son of Ebinburg Smith who settled this part of the Laurel Hill back in the late 1700's to early 1800's. He was of African-American/Native American heritage, which makes this story even more interesting. This aspect of the history I will be writing about in future posts.
This is the burial plot - it's hard to tell just how many people are buried here. My last count was at least 77 burials if not more. That is not a mound in the background - but a small pond put in by Elmer Brown (the last owner of the farm). Many a Morrellville kid enjoyed a summer swim in this popular waterhole.
Coming up in future posts. I will be talking about John Smith's Civil War Service.For more history on the Browns and Smiths click http://cambriahistory.blogspot.com/
Sunday, February 14, 2010
As in parts of New England. I have been finding in Johnstown (Western Pennsylvania) things like this early 20th Century milk jug half buried in the foreground near this possible Native American Serpent shaped wall.