| What: Pictographs or paintings on rocks by local Indian tribes.
Red pictographs occur on granite cliffs and a separate boulder on a wide terrace
above the Spokane River. The site is on the north side of the road between the
towns of Tumtum and Ford. In group A there exist 5 anthropomorphs, 2 being
phallic, one with vacuous head and body, and one with vacuous head only. Several
series of vertical dashes are present. Two large circles contain various
figures, one containing a deer or elk. Another quadruped shows a long snout.
Group B is found behind the boulder housing Group A up on the cliff a short
ways. A large oval figure here containing many elements inside it is probably
the largest single pictograph figure in the state. A number of lines bisect this
oval and two circles are incorporated into the design. To the right of
this figure is a quadruped enclosed in a circle.
Shortly after this site was
placed on the National Register in 1976, an area resident spray-painted over the
figures and was arrested for this act. This is probably the only case in which a
person has been apprehended for damaging rock art in this state. The site was
later restored and high chain link fences placed around the pictographs.