This guy found a 42-year-old message in a bottle on the banks of - KXXV Central Texas News Now

This guy found a 42-year-old message in a bottle on the banks of Lake Marion

(Source: Facebook) (Source: Facebook)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A Facebook post documenting a classic 42-year-old message in the bottle from the Upstate is going viral.

It started with Erik Richardson and his friend Ryan Frazier finding an empty 7-Up bottle on a river bank. 

"Best we could tell it just had some old gum wrappers and some metal beads or something rolling around in it, but it had us curious. The top was virtually welded shut and we didn't have any pliers, so we hid the bottle knowing we would be back in two weeks," Richardson wrote.

The pair returned weeks later, retrieved the bottle, and managed to wrestle off that pesky bottle cap. Still, Richardson said they waited a few weeks more to really take a look inside the bottle.

"Fast forward to a month after the end of duck season to me sitting in my room doing homework when it hit me, I never tried to get the paper out of the bottle! I got a screwdriver and was able to pull out, much to my surprise, a mostly legible letter," Richardson said.

The letter, dated April 10, 1976, said the following.

To finder,

I am in the 6th grade. I am twelve years old. I let this bottle go where the tiger rivers meet. I was fishing. I have 1 sister - 3 dogs - and plenty of friends. When you have finished reading this write another and let it go downstream.

Your pal,
Mark

According to Richardson, the bottle had quite the journey.

"It started out near Spartanburg, SC, traveled down the Tyger River, onto the Broad River, through Parr Reservoir, down the Congaree, and through Columbia & Congaree National Park to end up at its final resting place on Lake Marion," Richardson said. "Who knew one little bottle could go so far in 42 years! Who knows, maybe Mark will see this one day. Likewise, maybe I'll take his advice and let a letter of my own go downstream sometime."

Copyright 2018 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

    Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 4:19 AM EDT2018-09-18 08:19:50 GMT
    Wednesday, September 19 2018 1:09 AM EDT2018-09-19 05:09:59 GMT
    (Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP). South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, wave during a welcoming ceremony at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang in North Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.(Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP). South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, wave during a welcoming ceremony at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang in North Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.

    The two Korean leaders held summit talks to try to sustain nuclear diplomacy with Washington, which has been pushing hard for stronger disarmament moves from the North.

    More >>

    The two Korean leaders held summit talks to try to sustain nuclear diplomacy with Washington, which has been pushing hard for stronger disarmament moves from the North.

    More >>
  • Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI probe before she testifies

    Kavanaugh's accuser wants FBI probe before she testifies

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-09-18 05:30:22 GMT
    Wednesday, September 19 2018 12:44 AM EDT2018-09-19 04:44:17 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess...

    Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.

    More >>

    Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.

    More >>
  • Flood threat from Florence remains in Carolinas; storm moves north

    Flood threat from Florence remains in Carolinas; storm moves north

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 12:10 AM EDT2018-09-19 04:10:47 GMT

    Rivers in North and South Carolina have reached or will reach flood levels in coming days, likely leading to more deaths caused by Florence.

    More >>

    Rivers in North and South Carolina have reached or will reach flood levels in coming days, likely leading to more deaths caused by Florence.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly