Swift River Energy Limited wants to tap the power of collaboration and collective knowledge to conduct historical research about ‘the Bala Boulder’.
A mysterious rock was unearthed during construction this week at the site of the planned new power station at Bala Falls.
The giant rock, about the size of a truck, has letter engravings and the numbers 1888 and 1919.
These dates did not show up in earlier archeology studies and now the company is asking locals to email email@example.com or Tweet to @BalaFallsHydro any information they may have, accompanied with photos and supporting documentation.
Information submitted will be considered by the company’s heritage and archeology experts as part of their research.
“Our team is very intrigued. We are all nerds and it’s becoming a fun project for us to
figure this out,” say VP of Development Nhung Nguyen. “It could be century old graffiti;
it could be a survey marker. It’s too early to tell. People may have old photographs or
newspaper clippings tucked away in their drawer that can help solve this puzzle.”
• Full text of the two engravings on the rock read:
1888 HIRAM DE PU?? G.V. WILSON PITTSBURG U.S. and
W.A.T and G.G. BIRRELL Aug 1919 LONDON ONT
• The mystery rock story was first covered this week on MuskokaNewsWatch.com.
With a year round population of several hundred, the local story has been viewed
nearly 2000 times.
• Additional photos of the rock can be found on the company’s Twitter page:
In the meantime, a new photo has surfaced of similar engraved wording, but this time the words were discovered on stone on the other side of the bridge on the other shore.
You can see the pic, which was taken several years ago, above.
Some think the engravings may indicate early survey work done at the location.