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Purchasing and protecting a hay supply was critical to a horse-mounted cavalry post such as Fort Collins, Colorado in the 1800's. During these years a farmer showed up at the fort offering to sell a large haystack located a couple miles to the north. The post commander sent out a procurement officer to verify the existence of the haystack, and then paid the farmer in full for his hay. When subsequently trying to bring in the hay, Fort Collins soldiers learned their 'haystack' was really just a large haystack-shaped boulder covered sparingly with hay. The military had been duped, and ever after this boulder would be known as 'Haystack Rock.' Today, Haystack Rock has become a sort of First Amendment billboard as well, painted with ever-changing statements, school slogans, marriage proposals and graffiti. Haystack Rock is easily recognized close by Highway 287, just a few miles north of Laporte, Colorado.
From "Strange, But True, Colorado; Weird Tales of the Wild West" by John Hafnor.
Photograph copyright 2013 Jon Burch Photography
January 7th, 2013
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