Pioneer Ezra Meeker placed a time capsule inside the Oregon Trail Marker (now called the Pioneer Monument) in Boise, Idaho, on May 9, 1906. On Tuesday, hundreds of schoolchildren and adults gathered on the Statehouse grounds to witness the recovery and opening of the capsule.
One of those people was Stephen Anderson, Meeker's great, great, grand nephew who came all the way from Europe to find out what treasures his ancestor left behind in the Boise monument.The Centennial Committee will next ask permission to excavate the base of the monument. They'll also be placing a new time capsule inside the marker, so people in 2106 will have something not to find.
"I'm sure he left a letter but I don't know what else," said Anderson.
With the turn of a key and the start of the engine, the monument was lifted, exposing the granite block beneath, which radar technology showed contained something inside, but Tuesday, that science didn't prove exact.
"I thought they might find something, it kinda surprised me," said one spectator.
A student from St. Joseph's school said, "Nothing. They didn't find anything." [Link]