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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Post Holing

Kansas doesn’t have mountains, seaside beaches, stately islands or Great Lakes. Few movie stars or celebrated writers roam its plains. At least Kansans can boast about their limestone quarries.

My favorite application of Kansas limestone is fence posts. They’re rugged and handsome, even when they only serve as property markers like the lonely sentinel pictured here.

Limestone fence posts are uncommon in Kansas City, but as one travels west the use of limestone increases. And because there are seemingly more limestone quarries than trees in western Kansas, most old fences are made with the cut rock.

Best of all, there’s even a museum dedicated to their use.


  • At 9:59 AM, Blogger emawkc said…

    I have a theory that 2,000 years from now, future anthropologists will see these limestone obelisks and wonder what kind of religious significance they had to the early settlers of the plains.


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