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Moon Rock

Wabash Legends and Folklore

Two miles west of the town of Wabash there is a giant boulder, a pudding stone composed of irregular forms of granite, gneiss, and sienite. This stone is fifteen feet long, twelve feet wide and six feet high above the ground level. A group of geologists who were studying this unusual stone remarked that it was the largest of its kind in the state of Indiana. The stone is evidence of the wonderful transporting power of the ice flow which brought this mass from the north shore of Lake Superior. There are trap and conglomerate boulders nearby but this huge rock commands the attention of any person who sees it. It is no wonder that the simple children of the forest looked with awe at this traveled stone. The Miami Indians considered the rock a relic of the battles of the gods. Consequently, they esteemed it as a holy altar on which they left their offerings of wampum and tobacco in an attempt to appease the angry gods.

Here at this rock the Miami Indians worshiped the moon several times a week. The rock was so beautiful and the different colored stones in the huge rock attracted their attention so much that they worshiped it as being connected with the God of the Moon. At eventide the Indian braves came to the rock and performed the dance and ritual characteristic for the worship of the moon. The entire ceremony appeared to be very beautiful as well as a bit savage. The Moon Rock can be presently seen at the west corner of Cashway Lumber Company on U.S.24 west of Wabash nestled snugly between two large trees next to the building.

The above information is from "Miami Indian Stories" by Chief Clarence Godfroy.