My hometown of Alton, Illinois has a locally quarried stone that’s visible in too many structures to count.
These useful rocks were extracted over the years and turned into homes, terrace walls, churches, and even a Civil War prison. Even today, this limestone is still mined.
Most of the kids studying geology in my school knew all about sedimentary rock. That’s because we were surrounded by it.
In terms of longevity, it’s unbeatable. The local limestone has already outlived all of the factories that have stained building surfaces from their smokestacks.
The prison is gone, not because the stone failed but because the war ended and the stone could be put to better use.
I have no idea when this terracing wall was built, but I know it’ll outlast my subject Pete and this photographer for quite a long time.
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