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Quarry, Elephant Rocks State Park

Luckily for the iconic “elephants” at the quarry, their stone was too battered by weather to be of any use to builders.

Consequently, the stones remain where they have rested for millions of years.

Nearby, however, the quarries soon tapped into the distinctive pink granite of the area, cutting and hauling away huge chunks of the mountain for building St. Louis and other nearby cities.

More discarded stone sits in a pile near the quarry; where these stones deemed poor quality, or were they simply left when the site was abandoned, work stopping in progress?

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