North Carolina, I’m Coming Home Again

Eleven years ago today I started a journey here at North Carolina Mountain Dreams that had actually started a few years earlier in the real world. Today I’m continuing, after a long absence with that journey. I hope you’ll join me once again…

How a Granite Quarry Made Mount Airy Famous Before Mayberry Did

It is the world’s largest open-faced granite quarry. On the surface alone, the quarry encompasses about 60 acres, or roughly the equivalent of 66 football fields. Mount Airy lore maintains that astronauts spotted The Rock from space as they orbited the Earth. That’s how large this rock is, and that’s just the part you can see. The mother mass — the block you can’t see — is about 7 miles long and 1 mile wide, north and south. And it’s 8,000 feet deep. “Geologists tell us we’ve got enough to last for a while

 

We visited Mt. Airy on one of our earliest trips to the mountains. But we didn’t make it out to the Rock. We are planning another trip this summer, this looks like a day trip in the making.

Source: How a Granite Quarry Made Mount Airy Famous Before Mayberry Did – Our State Magazine

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