Cole Randall of Flora Cash accused of defacing Montana monument

Flora Cash on YouTube
Flora Cash on YouTube

The names carved into Pompeys Pillar tell the story: Cole + Shpresa

Authorities say the names carved into the historic sandstone butte in Montana refer to husband and wife musicians Cole Randall and Shpresa Lleshaj of the Minneapolis indie-folk band Flora Cash.

The problem is that the love declaration was etched just feet away from the signature of Captain William Clark -- the Clark of Lewis & Clark fame -- who made his mark there in 1806.

Now Randall could face serious charges for defacing a federal monument.

The couple was discovered and questioned by authorities at the monument on October 10 after setting off a silent alarm. But it wasn't until a week later that an employee noticed the vandalism.

Scrubbing the signatures from the rock face could cost upward of $5,000, according to local boosters.

The case is somewhat reminiscent of the recent story of the Boy Scout leader who pushed over an ancient rock formation in Utah, earning him widespread disdain.

The band's website appears to have been recently made private, but videos of Flora Cash performing -- including this cover of Mumford & Sons' "Hopeless Wanderer" in a parking garage -- can still be found on YouTube, and their recordings are on iTunes. According to their now-private Facebook page, they're working on their debut album, Assemble the Journey. Notably, the clip for "Mighty Fine" shows at 0:38 that they're no strangers to carving their names into things.
Cole Randall of Flora Cash accused of defacing Montana monument
From Flora Cash's "Mighty Fine" video

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