Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Elephant Rocks State Park

By some miracle of anti-mining and pro-beauty, a concentration of gigantic round pink granite boulders survives, sitting in the open, high atop a sheet of pink granite.

This wonderful scene is near Arcadia, historically a summer colony for city folk. Tamm Sauk, Mina Sauk and Johnson Shut-ins are also in this beautiful area of Missouri.

The park is surrounded by mining operations, and many of these boulders contain patterns of drill holes, the first step in reducing granite into building material. Also easy to find are many chiseled names and initials of miners proud of their skills.

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