Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Post Rock

We stumbled across something interesting while driving the stick-straight roads of central Kansas.  Fence posts made of stone.

Turns out these unique fence posts have become a cultural icon of central Kansas.  With the Homestead Act of 1862, the lands of the west were opened for settlement.  Pioneers were drawn by the lure of relatively free land.  Since the prairies are basically treeless, they had to find some way to enclose their new land.

Some smart person decided that the limestone of the area fit the bill for fence posts.  It is relatively close to the surface and is pretty uniform in thickness.  But the best quality is the fact that it is relatively soft when first quarried but then hardens with exposure to air.

A very cool discovery on the backroads of Kansas!


  1. Neat! I was not aware of these fence posts.

  2. I've never seen fence posts like that before.

  3. Such an interesting post... I never knew that before... Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Memorial Day. Let's never forget those men and women who served and gave so much for our FREEDOM.