The Legend of Indian Corn  LbNA # 57060

OwnerLone Star Quilter    
Placed DateFeb 24 2011
LocationMexia, TX
Found By Gryzzled Gryphon
Last Found Mar 6 2011
Hike Distance?


A Tawakoni woman was gathering corn from the field near this very spot many long years ago, to store away for winter use. She passed from stalk to stalk, tearing off the ears and dropping them into her folded robe. When all was gathered she started to go, but thought she heard something, so she stopped and listened carefully. It was a faint voice, she was sure of it, like a child’s, weeping and calling:

“Oh, do not leave me! Do not go away without me.”

The woman was astonished. “What child can that be?” she asked herself. “What baby can be lost in the cornfield?”

She set down her robe in which she had tied up her corn, and went back to search; but she found nothing.

As she started away she heard the voice again:

“Oh, do not leave me! Do not go away without me.”

She searched for a long time. At last in one corner of the field, hidden under the leaves of the stalks, she found one little ear of corn. This it was that had been crying, and this is why all Indian women have since garnered their corn crop very carefully, so that the succulent food should not even to the last small nubbin be neglected or wasted, and thus displease the Gods of the Cornfield.

This letterbox is located at Fort Parker State Park in Limestone County, Texas, about halfway between Groesbeck and Mexia.

To the box:
After paying your fee and getting a trail map, go to Springfield Trail and park at the trailhead, which is down the right field line of the ball field. Take the trail around, passing the dam on your right and keeping Springfield Lake on your left. Where the trail goes back into the woods, there is a yellow trail marker. Take 48 steps down the trail and you'll see a huge double-trunk bur oak on the right. Go behind the tree and look into the V where the trunks meet. On the rignt-side trunk there is a hollow, and that's where the Indian Corn rests, behind a piece of bark.