Re: Chips, not the kind you may be thinking of!!
Date: July 09, 2015 12:38PM
What the heck are they? I didn't want to divulge the spot fearing scavenging or looting, but my thirst for answers leaves me with no alternative! Going west on Touhy Avenue just West of Chicago, and just before the Highway overpass, you will see the last of the really small Forest preserves on the North side of Touhy! After parking, I walked about one full block North until I reached an old Dam! Walking directly West in to the thick brush at that point, I cam across a peculiar pattern of really large boulders! Because of the pattern, it couldn't have been Erratics left from the last Glaciation! If I remember correctly, there were 4 of these large boulders, 2 in front, and two directly in back of each of them! Each was very similar in size, and must have weighed half a ton at least! So, take the path that runs right along the Des Plaines river, and stop when you reach the small Dam, if it is still there, as I just read that Gov. Quinn was removing many of them! The Boulders were no more than 50 feet into the "Brush!" Were they of American Indian construction, or from a Farmer who lived there? In any event, it would have taken a team of two oxen to bring those Boulders there! Of course, they could have been placed there during a later time of modern construction, but when I found an old "Rusted out" Ax head lying against a very old tree, and without the
handle, it obviously meant that 18th. Century people were there doing something there, maybe in construction of that 18th. Century Dam! But my imagination makes me believe that an old Farm stood there, or an Indian encampment! Have fun exploring and kindly keep me posted if further information can be uncovered! I no longer live in the Chicago area or I would bring you to the spot personally! Tom....