Bon Echo Provincial Park, Ontario Canada. June 2013.
Walt Whitman's longtime friend and biographer, Horace Traubel visited Bon Echo the Summer of 1919 for the Whitman centennial anniversary and the dedication of the rock to Whitman. Horace Traubel was very weak and near certain death. On 28 August Traubel, while sitting in a tower room at the Inn where he could look out on Old Walt, shouted that Whitman had just appeared above the granite cliff “in a golden glory.” “He reassured me, beckoned to me, and spoke to me. I heard his voice but did not understand all he said, only ‘Come on’” (qtd. in Denison 196). Traubel died at Bon Echo on 3 September and was buried in Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, close to Whitman’s tomb.