Register | Login


When architect Solomon Willard arrived in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1825, and discovered a granite ledge in a wooded area, he knew he had found the perfect raw material for what would become his most famous building, and the first monumental obelisk erected in the United States — the Bunker Hill Monument. Willard envisioned a 221-foot tall obelisk with a 30 feet square base that would require some 6,700 tons of granite. Transporting the massive blocks of granite from the quarry to the site of construction presented a challenge.

Quincy was separated from Charlestown, where the monument would be erected, by 12 miles of swamp, forest, and farms. The granite needed to be delivered to Neponset River, four miles north, from where a barge would transport the stone through Boston Harbor to Charlestown. Willard wanted to move the stones to the Neponset River on sledges during winter, but Gridley Bryant, an engineer, suggested a more efficient method — a railroad.

quincy-granite-railway-2

The Incline portion of the Granite Railway, Pine Hill Quarry to Neponset River, Quincy. April 1934. Photo credit: Arthur C. Haskell/Library of Congress

Read more »
© Amusing Planet, 2016.


Loading...

Miss and Mrs Gujarati India 2015 Beauty Pageant
Miss and Mrs Gujarati India 2015 Beauty Pageant
Amy Jackson Sizzles on FHM India Magazine October 2015
Amy Jackson Sizzles on FHM India Magazine October 2015
Jazbaa Actress Aishwarya Rai On Filmfare Magazine
Jazbaa Actress Aishwarya Rai On Filmfare Magazine
Amy Jackson Looks Pretty In Prints for Filmfare Magazine
Amy Jackson Looks Pretty In Prints for Filmfare Magazine
Priyanka Rao Stylish Photoshoot
Priyanka Rao Stylish Photoshoot
Here is how SRK and Deepika romanced in KKPK
Here is how SRK and Deepika romanced in KKPK
Priyanka Chopra spotted in Los Angeles Jimmy Kimmel TV Show
Priyanka Chopra spotted in Los Angeles Jimmy Kimmel TV Show
Deepika Padukone Pics from the GQ Men of the Year Award 2015
Deepika Padukone Pics from the GQ Men of the Year Award 2015