SWENSON DETAILS PLANS FOR REDSTONE MARKERS

by Christian Mower on July 10, 2012

A NORTH CONWAY RESIDENT AND HISTORIAN WANTS PEOPLE TO KNOW REDSTONE ONCE MADE CONWAY A WORLD FAMOUS COMPANY TOWN BECAUSE OF ITS QUARRY OPERATION.

STEVE SWENSON’S GROUP – THE REDSTONE COMMEMORATIVE COMMITTEE – IS PLACING TWO LARGE GRANITE HISTORIC MARKERS AT A SMALL PARK ON EASTMAN ROAD IN REDSTONE AFTER GETTING APPROVAL FROM CONWAY SELECTMEN.

SWENSON SAYS BY 1893 THE QUARRY IN REDSTONE WAS SHIPPING THOUSANDS OF PAVING STONES TO MAJOR CITIES AROUND THE NORTHEAST. ITS BIGGEST PROJECT WAS THE MASONIC TEMPLE IN ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.

FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS FROM NORTH CONWAY’S JOHN FULLER SCHOOL RAISED AND DONATED $200 TO THE CURRENT PROJECT.

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CONWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, SWENSON WILL PRESENT A SLIDE SHOW ABOUT THE QUARRY TUESDAY AT 7 P.M. AT THE SALYARDS CENTER FOR THE ARTS ON MAIN STREET IN CONWAY.

SATURDAY MORNING SWENSON WILL LEAD A PUBLIC TOUR OF THE QUARRY SITE – HE SAYS THE SITE INCLUDES REMNANTS OF OLD AIR COMPRESSORS, PARTS OF THE OLD COAL FIRED BOILERS, FORMER CARPENTER SHOPS AND GIANT LATHES. THE TOUR STARTS AT 9 A.M. AT THE CHAIN GATE ON MOUNTAIN STREET IN REDSTONE VILLAGE.

THE QUARRY AREA IS NOW OWNED BY NEW HAMPSHIRE AND SWENSON SAYS HE’S WORKING TO IMPROVE ITS SECURITY, AS SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STEALING VALUABLE ARTIFACTS FROM THE SITE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO DONATE TO THE REDSTONE PROJECT, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.whitemountainhistory.org OR CALL SWENSON AT (603) 356-9021.