Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Quarrying, Elephant Rocks State Park

Quarrying occurred all around the outside of the famous elephant boulders, as these stonecutters' signatures suggest.Throughout the park, the drill holes and rectangular edges of stone outcroppings attest that quarrying was a labor intensive occupation.Below, a pile of discarded blocks of pink granite sit in a corner of the site, slowly being overcome with vegetation.Pretty much all of the pink granite you see in St. Louis comes from this quarry or nearby, whether in a church or the stones of the Levee. Below, two test holes were drilled to check on the quality of the granite.

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