History, Mystery

“A Message From Mars” ― An Outer Space Stone Engraved With Strange Hieroglyphics

Was a 1905 Cowichan meteor a message from outer space?

By Daniel Salomon | Guest Writer  

In 1908, a meteor about 10 inches in diameter was hurled through space and buried itself in the ground of the Cowichan Valley, in British Columbia. The marble shaped meteor was engraved with unknown hieroglyphics.

A strange event took place in summer 1908, in the vicinity of the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. While Willie McKinnon, the 14-year-old son of Mr. Angus McKinnon was working in his father’s garden around 11:30 o’clock, a meteor about 10 inches in diameter was hurled through space and buried itself in the ground about eight feet from where he was standing. Luckily, he was not injured by the meteorite impact.

Miracle stone of Cowichan

Willie immediately called his father to see what happened and when Mr. McKinnon came to the spot, he was shocked to find that the meteor was almost as round as a marble; and the hot surface was deeply scored with what resembled strange hieroglyphics.

This startling story was published as a front-page newspaper article of Sept. 5, 1908, entitled, “A Message from Mars”.

Since this weird incident took place, Mr. McKinnon spent most of his life in trying to decipher the strange markings on the mysterious stone. However, the strange outer space stone appears to have never been examined in a proper way, because any of its research papers has not been found yet.

In the present day, its actual location is unknown and the ‘miracle stone of Cowichan’ remains an unexplained mystery that is untouched till to this date.

This fascinating story was recently published at the Cowichan Valley Citizen in January 2015, by TW Patterson who has been writing about British Columbia’s history for 50 years.

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