Building Fences: Post Rock for Rock Fence Posts

A distinct lack of trees in north-central Kansas led homesteaders to mark their boundaries with limestone fence posts.

The late Albert Sayler taught Larry Rutter how to quarry post rock. Here, Salyer stands next to a slab of post rock north of Gorham, Kan., before it is broken out of the ground. Notice how the feathers and wedges align along the line to be split.