Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Cairn In The Creek

Above is another view from the back side of the cairn.
It's a very long structure as you can see.

I'm calling this a "platform" pile but maybe it should be an "overlook" or "lookout pile". I saw a drawing of one on one of the other sites and now can't remember the correct term. Anyway, it resembles a flat bottomed boat turned upside down, with the transom tucked into the slope. Let me know what you would call it PWAX.
Looking down the hollow you can just make out the apple tree in the distance, just to the left of the leaning tree.

This is the pile that started me on the search for more info. It's right up next to the dry creek bed but looks too perfect to have been formed by the water. I did mention this pile to a neighbor. His answer was " Oh probably old "R" ( very well known local character now deceased) used to make his "shine" up there!
I don't think it has anything to do with "shine".


  1. I would not call it a platform cairn because it is in the middle of the brook. That is something unfamiliar to me.

  2. I agree with Peter. The pile is certainly manmade, but its location gives me pause. I have seen similar piles along or in brooks in CT and VT.

  3. A good example of what I refer to as a platform cairn can be found on Larry Harrop's blog at The cairn depicted is from Brooklyn, CT, and the cairn measures more than 7 feet high and 40+ feet long. A metric scale is shown leaning against the cairn.

  4. Thanks, I really didn't know what to call it. The brook is really running along the right side of it but if the water was ever high enough I guess it would go around the whole pile. When I first noticed this pile 3 years ago, I went over it with my metal detector and got a good signal. Turned out to be an old horseshoe laying just under the leaves on top. Husband and I joked that maybe it was the grave of a horse that had been buried feet up :) But it was after we started trying come up with a logical explanation for this pile way up there in the hollow that my husband said:
    "maybe the Indians built it". Indians hadn't even crossed my mind. That's when I started looking on line and found you guys. Very glad I did.