Saint Hyacinth LbNA # 22183
|Placed Date||May 14 2006|
This box was placed by Fish Tree, who also carved the very nice stamp. He is no longer active in letterboxing, so I (Boots Tex) have adopted his boxes. I intend to move them to a more accessible location, at which time I will post the new clues.
In the summer of 1746, Spanish explorers trekked their way through what would one day become south east Texas. As the story goes, the explorers encountered a river choked by an aquatic plant known as water hyacinth. The extremely invasive plant gets its name from the greek word for violet (hyacinth) because of its blue-violet flowers.
Some also say the explorers found the river on August 17th (Saint Hyacinth's Day). Saint Hyacinth was a Polish priest born in 1185. During an attack on a monastery he saved a crucifix and a statue of Mary that is said to have been too large and heavy for one man to carry.
On that day 260 years ago, the explorers named this river in honor of him. The Spanish translation for Saint Hyacinth is, of course, San Jacinto.