Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Rhode Island Signal Rocks (by JimP)

by JimP

In Rhode Island one occasionally finds propped boulders just like these at the top of high outcroppings. Locals at one time called these, "Signal Rocks," and mention of them can still be found in some town records. With the weight of two persons on one side, the heavier side can be lifted and dropped to create a booming sound. The stone underneath acts as a fulcrum.

"All over New England there were bounding rocks. With these the Indians sent messages, by a code, for miles." (Red Wing 1972:354)

RED WING, Princess. 1972. Indian Communications. In College Composition and Communication, Vol. 23, No. 5. (Dec., 1972), pp. 350-356. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

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