Indian Chief - Quilt Box Series  LbNA # 28685 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerLone Star Quilter    
Placed DateFeb 7 2007
LocationLivingston, TX
Found By Silver Eagle
Last Found Mar 29 2007
Hike Distance?

It’s amazing how many different quilt block designs there are, and each one with a different name all its own. When I started my quilt block series, I imagined that I would just pick out a block that I liked and then would plant it anywhere I liked, more or less at random. Now, however, I like to pick a place for a box, then pick a pattern that relates to the place somehow. That’s how this block came to be. We decided that we wanted to plant boxes on the Indian reservation, so I looked for an appropriate block and found “Indian Chief”, as well as several others that would have worked as well. I think there must be a quilt block with a name that is just right for any place I pick. I think that’s cool. If you want your stamped image to be authentic, bring yellow, orange, brown and turquoise ink pens.

The Alabama-Coushatta reservation is located on Hwy. 190 about 16 miles east of Livingston, Texas. The entrance is on the south side of the highway. You may enter as into any other community in Texas. Just remember that the Alabama-Coushatta are a sovereign nation and respect that fact. As you enter, you will pass the Presbyterian Church on your right, then the community center. Pass the tribal library and watch for a sign for Lake Tom Big Bee Camping area. Across from the sign is park road 56A and a gate, which is usually open. Immediately past this road is a roadside picnic area. Pull in and park. If you want to drive through the camping area or actually camp, do not park here. Instead, drive on past the lake and pull into the entrance to the camping area, where you need to buy a day pass for $5.00. If you parked in the picnic area, get out of the car and walk back to camp road 56A. Walk along the road past camping areas “A” and “B” (about 3/10 mile). You will see two cabins marked “3” and “4”.

To the box:
Across the road from Cabin “3” is a small footbridge leading over a drainage ditch to a trail or clearing. Cross the bridge and walk uphill through the clearing. I don’t know if this is an actual trail because when I was here the ground was thoroughly covered with fallen leaves, but it is clear and sure feels like a trail. From the bridge (more like a step-over), take 65 steps up the trail to where it veers right. Follow the clearing another 24 steps and look for a short stump about 10 steps off the right side of the trail. It’s at the base of this stump, covered with leaves and a stick, lies the Indian Chief. Be sure to look for Boots Tex’s The Alabama-Coushatta letterbox while you’re here.