Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Marked distraction

Near the Harris Street entrance to the interurban trail is a commemorative marker that's caught our eye and probably many an afternoon hiker's imagination for years. A concrete plaque, like many found in Fairhaven, announces simply "Spanish Chalice dated 1640 Found Here."

What a find, if it was the genuine article. With all of the English, Russian, and Spanish exploration that occurred in Puget Sound through the Queen Charlottes, from the late 17th century until the voyages of Captain Vancouver, one can’t help but wonder how a relic like a chalice from the early 1600s – too late for Juan de Fuca and way too early for Juan Perez - arrived on the shores of south Bellingham Bay.    

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