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|A look back, from the shelter of the woods, towards the park headquarters across an open field.|
|A look back at the rock outcroppings, at the eastern edge of the monument. The waterfall is hidden by the trees; but would be on the left hand side of the photo.|
|A look across one of the open parts of the monument. A bit of the town of Pipestone can bee seen|
|A look at a traditional, and active, quarry. The overlying quartzite is smashed away, and discarded, to reveal the layer of Pipestone below.|
|Various markers can be seen around the pits. These are claim markers, and each is flagged in a unique style to identify the claimant|
|More markers, and another pile of discarded quartzite indicate the presence of an open pit quarry.|
|One of the Indians working the quarry pits for stone. These men tend to do it all, they quarry, cut and then carve out the final stone pipes. Many of these pipe makers are from families which have been doing this for generations.|
|A branched stick, sits in yet another pile of quartzite rocks, to mark the territory of a quarrier.|
|A path winds through a number of working quarry pits. These pits are worked the old ways, and considerable effort is required to bring forth the prized stone.|
|These quarries can get deep, and their bottoms are rock floored. the visitor is advised not to venture too close. A tumble down to the bottom would be a nasty experience.|
|Another active pit, this one distinguished by a name.|
|An ancient quarry, which has been worked out, and is on display for visitors.|
For those who are interested, there is a display of Pipestone at monument headquarters. The visitor is welcome to scratch, hit, saw, or just look; but it must stay on the table.
A depiction of the quarry fields, back when the tribes dominated the area. Like a sort of an embryonic U.N. this was a neutral area, where no fighting was permitted, and no ownership recognized.
|The headquarters has a museum, outlining both the history, and geology of the area.|
|A selection of various qualities of Pipestone. Not all Pipestone is created equal, it seems. Note the diagram, which shows the shallow layer of Pipestone, sandwiched between the harder quartzite.|
|Some displays showcase the various pipes, and other articles commonly made from Pipestone. A map shows the major lines of distribution, for the Pipestone quarried here. Pipestone was distributed all over the continent, even down to what is now Mexico.|
One last look, before leaving.
One of the few tourist traps in the area is Fort Pipestone. Some of the Indians sell stone here. It is perfectly legal to buy, as long as it comes from an Indian source.
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Inside Fort Pipestone. The inside of the store is full of what you would expect. There are postcards, souvenirs, toys, Indian trinkets, and even some bits of Pipestone itself.
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