Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Heavener Runestone - Relic of Vikings in Oklahoma?
One of the most unusual historic sites in the South can be found in a mountain ravine in the little community of Heavener, Oklahoma.
Heavener Runestone State Park protects a massive rock marked by mysterious carvings. Some believe they were left by Viking explorers and theorize that ancient Norsemen sailed across the Atlantic, around Florida into the Gulf of Mexico, up the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers and finally up the Poteau River to Heavener.
Others believe the whole story is a bit of a stretch.
Either way, Heavener Runestone is a fascinating site and will probably inspire debate for decades to come. If you would like to learn more about this unusual Oklahoma State Park, please visit our new Heavener Runestone pages at www.exploresouthernhistory.com/heavener1.