Many Feathers  LbNA # 18297

OwnerThe Aroostook Sleuth    
Placed DateSep 22 2005
CountyWestmoreland
LocationEast Vandergrift, PA
Boxes1
Found ByQuest Master
Last UpdateJun 1 2009

Clues

Clues: Easy
Terrain: Easy
Stamp: Handcarved

East Vandergrift, also called The Morning Sun by locals, is a sleepy little town along the Kiskiminetis River in western Pennsylvania. It has a rich cultural immigrant history some of which is still present today. The following clues will take you along an old railroad bed where legend says that Jesse James and his gang traveled and hid some treasure there in the hillside. Regardless, there is some treasure there in the form of a letterbox.
The stamp is based on an original carving done in the 1930's in a rock face by a boy who lived not too far away. Some of the carving is still visible today.

Clues:
There are only two roads into E. Vandergift. Take the road from the Vandergrift side and proceed down a steep hill. Near the bottom before the sharp curve is a road that angles to the right called High Street. Turn onto High Street and slowly drive up the hill. You should be looking for telephone poles on the LEFT which start near the top of the hill. (Note: Depending upon the time of the year, the first pole may not be obvious due to foliage cover. So look carefully.) At the top of the hill is a pull-off and turn-around area. I suggest parking here and walking the rest of the way. From the third pole on the LEFT walk 21 paces and you will notice a group of large trees on the left. The black walnut tree with an outcropping of large rocks sticking up is the tree you want. Around the back and to the side is a smaller group of rocks and stones overlooking the hillside. Underneath is your prize.

PLEASE NOTE: Most letterboxes go missing because careless letterboxers do not rehide carefully and completely. Please rehide this box well. Thanks.

If you would like to see what is left of the original carving that this stamp is based on please continue 22 more paces down the road. On the right, in the rock face against the hill is some graffiti. Walk over and look carefully--you'll see Many Feathers. The box was placed in memory of that little boy who carved it and in honor of his great grandson, Many Feathers.