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‘Stories in Stone’
I was introduced to another fantastic book recently, “Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology” by David B. Williams (Walker & Co., www.walkerbooks.com). Here’s an excerpt from chapter five, which talks about Castillo de San Marcos, a famous fort in St. Augustine, Fla., nicknamed “the clam.”
Carolina Governor James Moore was the first to discover the power of the clam when he lay siege to the Spanish colonial town of St. Augustine in 1702…As the siege progressed, Moore’s circle tightened. By November 24, he had located four of his biggest guns only 750 feet from the castillo…The cannon fire could not break the walls of the clamshell.
Now that’s a story in stone.
In our September 2009 issue, we mistakenly ran an erroneous opening paragraph in the feature entitled “The Cast Stone Dilemma” by Gary Fry (p. 22). Following are the first two paragraphs, as they should have run. You can view the corrected article in its entirety on the home page of our Web site, www.masonrymagazine.com. We regret the error.
Cast Stone is alive and well in these challenging times. But, the construction industry struggles to maintain its equilibrium as the nation’s economy is challenged and many markets shrink. If the purchaser succumbs to the temptation of making the decision based solely upon price, he will more than likely face a dilemma with the resultant process. It’s a good time to think about basics.
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