Photo of the Week: Petroglyphs at Vantage

Posted by Adrienne on August 28, 2013 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

Vantage, in central Washington, is where Interstate 90 crosses the Columbia. It is also the site of Gingko Petrified Forest State Park, which features these Native American petroglyphs:


From The Beautiful Pacific Northwest

Petroglyphs are a form of rock art created by carving into the rock, like making an engraving. They were often used by local people to denote an important landmark or place, like a ford or a fishing hole. These glyphs were likely carved by the Wanapaum tribe, who lived in the area around the Columbia, but the Wanapaums made them elsewhere, and the glyphs were moved to the spot pictured later, when the area became a state park. It’s too bad they were moved, but their new location makes for some spectacular views.

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