According to an ancient Cherokee legend, a long time ago a great winged monster swooped down and carried off an Indian child playing near the village. The huge creature took the child to a cave high up in the cliffs of a nearby mountain. Frightened Cherokees from across their Nation gathered to ask the Great Spirit for help in getting rid of the monster. After days and nights of prayer, an awesome, blinding bolt of lightning and a tremendous thunderclap came out of a clear sky to shatter much of the mountain, killing the beast and its offspring. The lightning was so powerful that it destroyed the trees, producing the “bald” mountain top that remains treeless to this day. A Cherokee warrior, posted as a lookout near the cliffs, not only was killed by the lightning but was turned to stone, some said as a punishment for being a poor sentry. Most of his figure has been worn away by the passing centuries, but a pillar of stone with an ill-defined “head” at the top still remains – all that is left of the “standing Indian.” Visitors may not be able to pick out this stone effigy from among the jumble of rocks, but they can easily see the cliffs that were torn asunder by the Great Spirits benevolent bolt of lightning.

Eagle Rock

There are three of these structures in Putnam county Georgia. They are known as eagle, hawk, and falcon. They are built on raised “mounds” with crystalline or iridescent rocks that are not native to the area. The builders are unknown, and the time of construction is also unknown. This picture was taken from a tower that was constructed so as to better view this on known as Eagle Rock. I discovered this one while eating a picnic lunch on the way to my favorite camping area. The eagle is one mile west of highway 41 east of Atlanta. There are several theories associated with these structures. I have my own. They are in a direct line longitudinally from Blythe California. Blythe is near the Arizona border in southern California and near designs that can only be seen from the air, similar to the designs at Nasca in Peru. These are much larger than the eagle. A craft entering the atmosphere over the pacific would be able to follow these designs east to the “Bermuda triangle”. I have also made other discoveries in northern Georgia which I think are related. In the valley below the highest point in Georgia, Brasstown Bald, there are rock carving (petroglyph) on which hooded figures are inscribed with six fingers held out as if in peace. There is also the legend of Standing Indian. Standing Indian is a mountain just across the border in north Carolina. The legend is of an Indian child being captured by a large “bird” and held on the mountain. An Indian that went to rescue the child was turned to stone by a “bright light” from the sky. This area of northern Georgia was regarded as off limits to the Indians and considered sacred.
In October 1999, I was able to hike to the top of standing Indian Mountain in North Carolina. It is approximately 5,600 feet above sea level. The view was great. What I discovered was white crystalline rocks laying all about. These are the same white quartz rocks used to make Eagle Rock. The plaque at Eagle Rock said that the rocks used in construction were not native to the area. Standing Indian Mountain is about one hundred miles to the north. Perhaps the legend of Standing Indian is the local rendition of the “mining” operation for the Eagle Rocks. Nobody yet knows how old the Eagle Rock is or who built it.


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