Dr. Lee W. Woodard discovered that Rene Robert Cavelier De La Salle was assassinated at the juncture of Fourche Maligne and Poteau rivers in eastern Oklahoma. James (Jimmy) Hiens crafted the Normandy French Heavener Runestone in 1687 to memorialize that infamous death place. Hiens also made the 1687 burial crypt for the La Salle expedition members, Duhaut and Liotot, which was previously known as The Van Buren Arkansas Mystery Grave.
The grave of La Salle expedition drowning victim, Petit Jean De Marne (Marle), is at the East end of Petit Jean mountain of Arkansas, and became the basis for Arkansas legends of Petit Jean. These 1684-1687 La Salle expedition archeological and historic landmarks vitally involve french colonial, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas history, as well as Arkansas and Oklahoma state parks, which do not yet properly understand their Landmarks. This discovery also has great importance for the study of native American society during 1600's, since La Salle Expedition participants vividly described the Native Customs of Coenis and Assonis Indians now known to have been located near Spiro Native American Mounds and junctures of Poteau and Arkansas Rivers.
These discoveries are told in Dr. Woodard's books: Secret La Salle Monument and Historical Marker, Petit Jean's Mountain, "7 Noms" At Wicked Fork Where La Salle Died, and in his Forthcoming La Salle's Last Year: Including Relevant Arkansas and Oklahoma Landmarks.
Three Books about the expeditions of French Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle into Oklahoma and Arkansas
Secret La Salle Monument
Mysterious Heavener, Oklahoma Runestone is a 1687 Normandy French Monument. It tells the nearby Death Locations of Famous French Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle and six others. This book tells the initial discovery.
Woodard discovered that this large Runestone oddity is not of Scandinavian Origin, as incorrectly advertised for so long at an Oklahoma State Park. It is instead a 1687 Normandy French Memorial Monument.
It uses Normandy French Runes (La Salle was from Rouen Normandie) for concealing French messages from Spanish Soldiers. La Salle's tragedy-plagued Matagorda Bay Area French colonization attempt was into territories claimed by Spain since the early 1500's. La Salle and his men were encroaching upon Spanish American Terrain (even when penetrating to the Poteau and Arkansas River Valleys).
Petit Jean's Mountain
Fascinating true life story of the 1687 Historic La Salle Expedition Drowning Tragedy which claimed life of a young French Noble. That death resulted in the Old Arkansas oral Legends about Petit Jean's Mountain and River. This is an important sequel to the book "Secret La Salle Monument And Historical Marker."
Oklahoma La Salle discoveries convinced Dr. Lee Woodard that on St. Jeans Day, June 24, 1687, the seven fleeing French survivors of the La Salle expedition were at what is now known as Petit Jean Mountain of Arkansas.
On that date, says Woodard, young French Noble, de Marne, drowned in the nearby Arkansas river, and was buried near the top of Petit Jean Mountain.
To supplement this coverage of fascinating Early French Colonial American History consult Dr. Woodard's newest book, "7 Noms" At Wicked Fork Where La Salle Died
The newer book, "7 Noms" At Wicked Fork Where La Salle Died should be consulted for updated clarifications and recent Newspaper and Television Coverage.
Dr. Lee Woodard's education includes a Bachelor of Arts in
Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Dr. of Ministry .
In 1983 Dr. Lee Woodard had just completed his doctorate and had
begun forensic paleographical study of a famous old Codex of the
Four Gospels. He had moved to Heavener, OK, home of "The Runestone,"
a huge slab of stone upon which is a carved an old and obsolete
alphabetic script, about which there had been much controversy and
. In 1983 Dr. Lee Woodard had just completed his doctorate and had begun forensic paleographical study of a famous old Codex of the Four Gospels. He had moved to Heavener, OK, home of "The Runestone," a huge slab of stone upon which is a carved an old and obsolete alphabetic script, about which there had been much controversy and uncertainty.
La Salle Monument
& Historical Marker