“I’m no geologist,” Bricker is quick to point out. Still, he knows a thing or two about rocks. “I started out looking for rocks when I was a kid.” He’s been doing it ever since. “I really loved the fossils.”
Bricker agrees the rock is not likely to be a meteorite.
“It was a glacier rock,” said Bricker, noting the marks of erosion on the dense, heavy rock.
Rosier also put out a call to her fellow interpreters at state parks and reservoirs around Indiana. She reported that Jill Vance of Monroe Lake suggested it might be hematite. Alan Goldstein, of Falls of the Ohio, agreed that the rock exhibits glacial features.
Whatever the rock’s earliest origins may have been, it has at last made its homecoming to the park after seven decades of wandering with its erstwhile owner. The well-traveled rock is not the only item that has been taken from the park and returned.
“We do get things like this that come our way every so often,” said Rosier. The park has an arrowhead with which someone at one time absconded. It was anonymously returned about 40 years later.
“They feel really bad and they want to return it, but they don’t want to get in trouble,” said Rosier of the anonymous nature of the returns.
Rosier noted that people are not supposed to take anything from the park.
“Nature needs to remain wild,” said Rosier. “It’s all part of a great big ecosystem.” Thus, that handful of plucked wildflowers leaves less for the bees to thrive and do their important work, or the rock that goes missing no longer provides shade for a little critter. “I think when people understand how that all comes together, in the future, they’re less likely to take something.”