A much larger facility is needed via State and Federal and/or Private Foundation Funds for what is indeed one of the most important historical sites and archeological relics to be found in the entirety of French Colonial America..
I wanted this picture that I took in year 2000 with Daughter, Jennifer in front of the background of the cliff surrounding the Heavener Runestone, and with my old sketch superimposed, in order to show in approximate scale the Runestone size and surrounding rocky terrain.
Below: Yet Another View, During Fall, When Gloria Farley's Beautiful Maple Tree Was Showing Well.
The Runestone Monument is nestled in a rocky ravine in the upper area of this Photo, near where the visible roadway reaches the skyline.
Gloria Farley's home was at left side of this photo.
At that time, even though located only about 2 miles from downtown of little city of Heavener, the Runestone rested in boulder-strewn, brush and tree and briar surrounded, rattlesnake infested wilderness.
(As marching Northeastward from Matagorda Bay, Fort Saint Louis, and sunken ruins of La Salle's ship, La Belle --Both now being excavated and preserved by State of Texas Archeologists); Indeed!
La Salle reached Heavener and beyond, as Marching toward hoped for help from French of Illinois and Canada);(4) Recognition that French History Professor, Dr. Gum (of Oklahoma French-Indian heritage)--Via testimony of acclaimed Stephen F. Archie Mc Donald-- also interpreted death location for La Salle as near Heavener (Dr.
I believe that the Rune Writer made that short stroke "S" to enable more than one message within the inscription.
If one neglects it, one reading is as above: "Gjome's Date" (Or, "Valley," if the last rune is taken as an "L," as mentioned by others.).