Daytrips: Elephant Rocks
Husband is on vacation, and we’ve been taking day trips out of the city. Last week we went to Elephant Rocks State Park and Johnson Shut-Ins which are located just outside of Ironton, MO, in one of the most scenic areas of the state. Nearby is Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in Missouri, and the Mark Twain National Forest. I love the Ozarks.
If one will please allow me a brief moment to both bemoan the fact that my real camera died some time back and also to apologize for the shite quality of my phone camera… (me bemoaning silently)… Thank you. I feel a little better now.
Elephant Rocks was the site of two granite quarries in the eighteen and nineteen hundreds, and the evidence of this history is still viewable today in the engravings the quarrymen left in the rocks, the marks from core testing, the shards of granite left in piles, and of course, the quarry now filled with water. The granite mined from here was sent all over the country for fine building, and much of it can be seen in St. Louis. The stones that you see in these photos were spared from being quarried because they were exposed, and millennia of weathering made them too soft to use for building. I’m glad. It would have been criminal to destroy this amazing geological wonder. The rocks here date from the pre-cambrian age—some 1.5 million years ago. Although this land is now a state park, granite mining still continues very close by on adjacent properties. Here are some photos of Elephant Rocks. No photos of the Shut-Ins, as it was all swimming and climbing over wet rocks. Good times. Enjoy.
Elephant Rocks has an amazing crop of interesting lichens and mosses, too. I find these beautiful and fascinating.
Now go out and see the world!