We just returned from a lovely camping trip to eastern Oklahoma. During one of the rainy days, we went exploring and found the Heavener Runestone State Park. According to the helpful signs, the runestone is a written record left by the Vikings who explored the area in pre-Columbian times.
Expecting something exciting, say along the lines of the Rosetta Stone, I was disappointed to find that the Heavener Runestone contains only a few cryptic X’s scratched into a rock which an “expert” in ancient Scandanavian languages has interpreted to say “Grom’s Valley”. (I could be wrong about the Grom part, but it was some supposedly old Scandanavian name.)
The information center also had a map showing how Vikings could have accessed the area by going up the Mississippi River, then this river and that, etc., until finally landing three miles from the place where the Runestone stands. They also had an illustration to show how a Viking longboat might be modified to navigate shallow rivers.
Although I have no problem believing that Vikings could have reached the New World long before Columbus, I’m extremely skeptical that they would have wound up in Heavener, Oklahoma. Does anyone have any information on this?