Canyon County’s Celebration Park gained a massive new artifact Friday -- a 7,000 pound boulder covered with petroglyphs, county officials announced.
Mark McDonough, on whose property the stone has rested, made an agreement with the county to display the boulder in front of the park’s museum near Melba. He and county officials dedicated the gift to the ancient Native Americans who created the carvings on the boulder.
“Mr. McDonough has donated something that is priceless to Celebration Park,” County Commissioner Steve Rule said.
Officials said the basalt boulder is unlike any others in southern Idaho. “The consensus among local archaeologists and anthropologists is that it was transported to the banks of the Snake River by unknown people thousands of years ago,” a county news release said.
“We relocated it today from the river to Celebration Park so people can have access to it and study it, or marvel at it,” County Director of Parks, Recreation and Waterways Tom Bicak said.