CW Indians  LbNA # 53449

Placed DateMay 9 2010
LocationCanal Winchester, OH
Found By doublewing
Last Found May 1 2011
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Canal Winchester was founded in 1828 by Reuben Dove and John Colmen. When the Ohio & Erie Canal came through Reuben Dove's wheat field, Mr dove was very angry and was then persuaded by canal workmen to establish a settlement. The workmen stated that it’s a good location because the land was centrally located between Lancaster and Columbus. On November 4, 1828, Reuben Dove and John Colman recorded the first plat for Winchester, Ohio. Dove named the village after his father's hometown of Winchester, Virginia. Winchester flourished because of agriculture and transportation. The Ohio and Erie Canal brought passengers, freight and a means to transport grain to market. The first canal boat floated through Winchester in 1831. In 1869, the railroad came to Canal Winchester, bringing more prosperity to the thriving village.
In 1841the village was renamed Canal Winchester due to the post office having been established. The change was due to there being other towns in the state of Ohio with the name Winchester. In May 1866, the Ohio Secretary of State granted incorporation papers for the Village of Canal Winchester. During the 1800’s the village flourished due to becoming a transportation hub for the area. In 1834 the first school was built on North High St followed in 1848 by the first brick schoolhouse known as “North School”. In 1851 the second brick school house was constructed and known as “South School”. Indian Trail Elementary school was constructed in 1999 followed shortly by Winchester Trail Elementary on the same site.
Box 1 – “Canal Winchester”
To begin arrive at Indian Trail/Winchester Trail Elementary schools and locate the Veterans Memorial located between the schools. This was erected to pay tribute to Veterans of all wars from the children of Canal Winchester. There are 2 red poles located just behind the memorial. Stand between them and go in a direction of 250 degrees for 45 paces. When you reach this point turn slightly to 220 degrees and continue another 80 paces. You will arrive at a standard feature for most any playground and from the southern most corner of this feature go 180 degrees south for 64 paces. Turn down the path on your right and head south. You will begin to see Little Walnut Creek along your left side. Continue up along the path as it curves to the right and slightly uphill until you arrive at the “Clearing” The school should be on your right now and another path going west where you can approach the bank of the Little Walnut Creek. There will be a split in the path to go along the creek or to the water. Stay on the way to the water. Once at the creek bank look around and notice the rapids. The increase in the speed of the water is from a change in how deep the water is. As the water flows and as the creeks gets shallower there is less area for all the water to flow so it forces the water to speed up creating the rapids. This is a very pretty spot and it is inclined to flooding. So be cautious of this and look around for the visible signs of past flooding.
Now turn back around from the largest stone by the creek bed count 22 steps up to the east where you will find a path heading to the northwest. Take the northwest path that continues along the creek for 25 paces. Once you have counted off your paces begin looking for a pair of “Twins” close to the edge of the path with a set of “triplets” to their left. Then to the left of the triplets you will see 2 smaller brothers ( total of 5 ). SSHHH!!! These Indians are sleeping so go past quietly looking for a 6th Indian brother that has “Fallen” If you are quiet enough you may here these Indians “snoring”. (The twin trees will sway and you can hear them rub if there is even a slight wind) One box is placed in the area of the “Fallen” one and remember to replace it well when your done.
Box 2 – “Covered”
After hiding the box continue on your path along the creek and you will soon pass over a drainage pipe. You will enter another clearing area with another view of Little Walnut Creek. In the 1800’s the Little Walnut Creek acted as moderate barrier to local farmers who transported crops into town. The citizens petitioned for a bridge to span the creek and in 1887 the Bergstesser-Dietz Cover Bridge was completed at Kramer’s Ford. This bridge is still standing and the last covered bridge in Franklin County. It cost $2,690.00 to build made of pine and oak using a truss system consisting of double and triple truss members developed and patented by Reuban L. Partridge. This bridge is approximately 2 miles up river from your current location. It is a lovely location I recommend you visit if you haven’t already. Locate the “Lone Indian” in the middle of the fork and from there go 120 degrees for 46 paces. Stop here and look for the “Dancing” Indians in front of you. Once you have located them, assuring you are in the correct location, you will find the 2nd box nestled safely among the “Close Knit Family” of Indians with a very inviting vine hanging from one of its branches. But don’t pull on it as it will come down!!!! You will find the box hidden nicely behind some sticks among the trunks. After replacing the box better then you found it you can exit the woods using the path you entered.
This letterbox was created as a project for my daughter’s 3rd grade class at Winchester Trail Elementary school. I hope you enjoyed it and please feel free to keep me posted on its condition and any other comments.