Monday, October 31, 2011


A couple of the first known American travelers to El Morro was Lt. J. H. Simpson, an engineer for the army, and Mr. R. H. Kern, a Philadelphia artist employed by the army as a topographer. They were the first English people to make a record of Inscription Rock. They spent two days copying the inscriptions and petroglyphs, and their reports of the visit show that not a single English inscription could be found on the rock at that time-September 17-18, 1849. They even noted the crossed out gentleman in Governor Eulate's inscription (mentioned in a another post on this blog). It is kind of humerous that although they were so careful to duplicate that remark, they failed to be so careful in making their own inscription. Along with their names they misspelled the word inscription.

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