The Road Builders have arrived!

roadbuildersIn case you missed the News Release from Colorado National Monument’s Dan Hallet and Arlene Jackson,  work began this past week on the guard walls of historic Rim Rock Drive.  The news release says – in part – “When the road was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp, the WPA and local workers, 200 – 2000 pound blocks of rock were set into guard walls to protect visitors driving the road. Over the last 50-70 years these rocks and the mortar holding them have been exposed to the harsh desert environment, erosion, intrusive vegetation and vehicle damage…rocks and mortar will be replaced in the guard walls using the best techniques of the past and present. Due to the historic nature of the road, the work is being overseen by the Historic Preservation Training Center.”

Serendipitously, Road Builders coffee also arrived in the Colorado National Monument bookstore this past week!

The Road Builders label honors the efforts of John Otto, Local residents, LEM (Local Experienced Men), CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), WPA (Works Progress Administration); all of whom were involved in the construction of Rim Rock Drive, making it possible for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to learn about, play in, protect and be inspired by the red sandstone canyons and monoliths set aside and preserved as Colorado National Monument.

John Morganelli shaping rock for the National Park Service historic repair of Rim Rock Drive

John Morganelli shaping rock for the National Park Service historic repair of Rim Rock Drive

 

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