National Geographic : 2000 Sep
"The hills all covered with a luxuriant carpet of green grass waving in the wind and gleam ing in the sunshine all conspires to render the scenery irresistably enchanting and thrill all the soul with that rap tureous extacy which Beauty, Freedom, and perfect felicity alone can inspire." - Edward A. Tompkins, 1850 KANSAS PRAIRIE "I went to the rock for the purpose of recording my name with the swollen cata logue of others traced upon its sides; but, having glanced over the strange medley, I became disgusted, and, turning away, resolved, 'If there remains no other mode of immor talizing myself, I will be content to descend to the grave unhonored and unsung.'" - Rufus B. Sage, 1847 INDEPENDENCE ROCK (WYOMING) "I N T H E M0RN I N G we drove he horse waggon to Independence Rock & staid there some 2 or 3hours examning names.... I was not certain I knew any of the persons put down though there were many familiar." -- LucyRutledge Cook, I8 .