Devil's Rock, Batavia, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member MrsMcFly
N 42° 59.306 W 078° 07.408
17T E 734512 N 4763546
Quick Description: Strange rock formation located on Rt. 5, next to the NYS Department of Transportation building.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 10/16/2007 4:45:02 AM
Waymark Code: WM2DEW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member frivlas
Views: 95

Long Description:
I found the following explanation of the Devil's Rock name, it was written by Scott A. Ensminger. See link

"The rock derives it's name from a legend that the Devil was once chained to it. According to one version of the legend, the Devil was caught napping beside this large boulder. Somehow he was chained to the boulder and for many years he ran 'round and 'round the rock trying to gain his freedom. The chain that held him gradually wore a deep grove in the boulder, resulting in the rock's interesting mushroom shape."

Another explanation is "The rock is a glacial erratic, being carried to it's present location by glacial transportation, most likely during the last ice age. It may be comprised of Lockport Dolostone and was transported at least 15 miles from the northeast, this is the distance to the nearest outcropping of this rock."

"The true shape of the rock is a hourglass, in the last 1960's the bottom half of the rock was buried during reconstruction of Rt. 5. It originally had a height of about 20 ft. with a base diameter of about 25 feet."

There is a geocache here too! GCJWEC
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