Passenger Pigeon LbNA # 7731
|Placed Date||Apr 6 2004|
|Last Update||Aug 2 2008|
Probably the most numerous bird on earth. Tree limbs broke under the weight of so many birds perching together. One observer reported an estimated flock of millions of birds that took hours to fly over his location. Unfortunately within 100 years of this account, the Passenger Pigeon was gone forever. On September 14, 1914 the last Passenger Pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo. Known as Martha, she can be seen today at The National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. This camo tape covered letterbox is placed to commemorate “Buttons” the last recorded Passenger Pigeon observed in the wild. Buttons unfortunately was shot and killed near this location in 1900. Buttons takes his name from the buttons used for his eyes when he was mounted. Buttons’ can be seen at the Ohio Historical Society Museum in Columbus, Ohio.
Brink ink pad and pen.
Location: U.S. 23 Rest Area near the Pike-Scioto County line.
Clues: Follow the sidewalk to the northwest corner of the walkway where a brick wall stands. Standing on the outside of the northwest corner of the wall, follow the brush line north. At about 32 paces (1 pace = 2 steps) from the wall you should be at a large tree on top of the bank. Look for Buttons around the base of the tree under some sticks.