Will Rogers LbNA # 9406 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Apr 27 2004|
|Location||Pacific Palisades, CA|
THIS BOX WAS REPORTED AS MISSING ON 2/13/05. I WILL CHECK THE AREA IN FEB. 2007 TO SEE IF REPLACEMENT IS POSSIBLE.
Will Rogers was born in 1879 on a ranch in the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. He was taught how to use a lasso by a freed slave, and as Will grew older his roping skills developed to the point where he was listed in the Guinness Book of Records for throwing three lassos at once: One rope caught the running horse's neck, the other would loop around the rider and the third swooped up under the horse to loop all four legs. His roping skills won him jobs in wild west shows and on vaudville stages where he started telling jokes. His folksy philosophy became more popular with audiences than his roping skills. Will told the truth in simple words, so everyone could understand.
Will Rogers became a star of broadway and 71 movies of the 1920's and 1930's. He also was a popular broadcaster and wrote more than 4000 syndicated columns. He was a friend to Presidents, Senators and Kings.
Will Rogers will always be remembered for his down-to-earth quotes. A few of his most famous: "I never met a man I didn't like", "All I know is what I read in the papers", "Everybody is ignorant. Only on different subjects." "Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead.
To find the letterbox, go to Will Rogers State Historic Park which is located on Will Rogers State Park Road off of Sunset Boulevard in Pacific Palisades, CA. Follow the signs to the Inspiration Point Trail, go up the steps and proceed along the white fenced trail. At the intersection continue on the trail that leads you up to Inspiration Point. When you reach the top, after about 15 minutes, you will be presented with beautiful views of LA, Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. Standing at the yellow Inspiration Point marker, which is beside the hitching post, look south towards the polo field. From the marker, take 14 steps due south (180 degrees)until you reach a small tree which clings to the side of the hill. Hidden in the branches at the base of the tree is Soapsuds, Will's favorite horse. Be aware of the prickly plants that surround parts of the tree.
You can retrace your steps to go back to the main park area, or you can explore some of the other trails in the park. Trail maps are available when you enter the park.