Sign of the Rose at Headwaters Park  LbNA # 21951 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateMay 6 2006
LocationFort Wayne, IN
Found By Mother *~* Nature
Last Found Apr 26 2009
Hike Distance?

Head Waters Park on North Clinton Street

The park is split down the middle by Clinton Street which is called the "Clinton Parade" or "Avenue of Trees". Officially, the park is known as Headwaters Park.
“The history of Fort Wayne is deeply rooted in its connection to the three rivers that converge at its center: the Maumee, St. Mary's and St. Joseph Rivers. This abundance of waterways provided great access and trading opportunities for the Fort Wayne area. However, their meeting place, the point at which the St. Mary's and the St. Joseph join to form the headwaters of the Maumee, served as a frequent flood plain and constantly evolving landscape. While humans declined to set up permanent settlements on the Fort Wayne thumb, it hosted many important events. From the flood of 1790 to the circus grounds of the 1850s, to the first night baseball game of 1883 to a depression area shantytown of the 1930s, the rich legacy of the Headwaters is a vital part of the fabric of Fort Wayne's history. Today, through the efforts of the Fort Wayne community and the Headwaters Flood Control and Park project, the area has been transformed into one of the most forward thinking city park projects in the country, providing a home for many area festivals and a beautiful addition to the downtown landscape of Fort Wayne.” ( Taken from Headwaters Park: Fort Wayne’s Lasting Legacy by Geoff Paddock)

Directions to The Letterbox:

1)Take Clinton South towards the center of Fort Wayne. This is the only way to go on Clinton because it is a one way street.

2)Turn left into Headwaters Park into the parking lot just past the pavilion. It’s labeled -Public Parking.

3)Start at the fountain and head towards the opposite end of the park

4)Go and visit with the three Hamilton women-Edith, Alice , and Agnes.

Edith Hamilton gained fame as an educator and writer; her sister, Alice, was the first female professor at Harvard’s medical school and is considered the mother of OSHA; and their first cousin, Agnes, is remembered as helping the indigent women and children of Fort Wayne by founding the local YMCA, opening the first library, and helping found the Bethany Presbyterian Church. All three are memorialized by a statue in Headwaters Park that was dedicated as part of the city’s millennium celebrations in 2000.

5)Leave the women statues and Go and find Little Turtle.

Little Turtle, c.1752–1812, chief of the Miami, born in a Miami village near present-day Fort Wayne, Ind. He was noted for his oratorical powers, military skill, and intelligence. He was a principal commander of the Native Americans in the defeat of Gen. Josiah Harmar on the Miami River in 1790 and of Gen. Arthur St. Clair on the Wabash River in 1791. After several attacks on the forces of Gen. Anthony Wayne, he counseled peace but was overruled. Consequently he was not in command at Fallen Timbers. He reluctantly signed the Treaty of Greenville (Ohio) in 1795, ceding a great part of Ohio to the whites, and he also signed several subsequent treaties. Later he refused to join Tecumseh's confederacy against the whites. He persuaded many of the Miami to turn to agriculture and appealed to the government to halt the liquor trade among his people.

6)Face Little Turtle and go thirty paces (1 pace=2 steps) through the pines and to the Lamppost. Stand on the path.

7)With your back to the river and facing the wooded area, go five paces straight into the woods and a little to the left. There is a fallen big log.

8)Look behind the big log and you will find a sandy color brick. The sign of the rose letterbox will soon be yours to behold.

This Letterbox was placed by Girl Scout Troop 590. To contact the placers, email Ultralutra