Post Rock Museum


Until the early 1920s, when railroads made wood and steel affordable, the primary building material in north and central Kansas was limestone. When quarried, it was soft and easy to drill and dress. But after being exposed to the air, the stone became quite hard. Initially, hand drills and hammers were the tools of choice. Soon, however, pioneers with engineering know-how devised power tools and engineering techniques to quarry the rock more efficiently. Visitors to the Post Rock Museum, located in a 19th-century post rock house, can see the tools and methods used to quarry and dress the rock and the various ways it was used in construction.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:In the 1860s, Kansas law protected ranchers whose cattle ruined farmers' crops. But with the 1874 invention of barbed wire, farmers got the upper hand. Over the next 50 years, they strung more than 40,000 miles of barbed wire fences across the prairie. Because wood was scarce, fence posts were made of limestone, soon known simply as "post rock."
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