Re: Colleen Cason's July 15 column, "Rock heads roster of county's small wonders" and Mel Lowry’s July 24 letter of response, “It's George, all right":
To all of you who will drive to the top of the Conejo Grade to view the profile: When we moved to Thousand Oaks 38 years ago, it was common knowledge that the profile jutting out from the top of the mountain is that of an Indian. When showing out-of-town guests our beautiful county, we always point out the rock formation. We tell them about the ancient legend that the Indian is overlooking and protecting the valley below.
American Indian cultures have often used geographic formations as landmarks. There are many examples in our Western states, such as Ship Rock and Window Rock in Arizona, Bridges National Monument in Utah, Mexican Hat and Totem Pole in Monument Valley, Elephant Rock in Oregon and others too numerous to mention. I would rather think that nature provided us with a reminder that the spirits of the original inhabitants of our county still remain in constant vigil over our city.
But George Washington? I've never heard that one.
— Bobbi Toro, Thousand Oaks