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Painted rock travels nearly 400 miles and winds up mysteriously at Ripley business

A mysterious, painted rock showed up at a Ripley business six months ago. Who put it there and why is anybody’s guess.

Six months ago the staff at Hill Dental Clinic in Ripley found a unique object in their parking lot: a painted rock. After some internet research and an unsuccessful attempt to find out why, the rock sat on a shelf, forgotten.

Until today.

Staff members found that the rocks had been spread out all over the country, as far away as California, in a project by Gulf Shores Elementary in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The purpose? Put a smile on peoples faces.

You can see more about the different places rocks have been found at the Gulf shores elementary rocks Facebook page.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at

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