Friday, August 31, 2007

Breaking Rocks

P1080723After fishing and tourism, Deer Isle's other great historic industry has been the quarrying of local granite. We've taken Pappy out to the hiking trails at the old Settlement Quarry a couple of times this visit. The waterfront of the island's big town, Stonington, is made out of gargantuan blocks of granite from similar quarries, and it has been used in Manhattan bridges, the Smithsonian, and other sites. If you've ever visited Arlington Cemetary near Washington, D.C., John F. Kennedy's tomb was built using granite from this very quarry.

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