Rock wall torn out on U.S. 60 replaced using old methods

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Although the U.S. 60 west road-widening project is still unfinished, a related, noticeable off-road preservation project was completed Wednesday afternoon.

A 750-foot section of an old dry stone wall on the 336-acre Julian Farm, on the National Register of Historic Places, had to be moved because of the 2.3-mile highway construction project.

Jane Julian, who was unhappy the stone wall had to the moved, said Wednesday she's "very pleased with the way it looks. I've been out here observing every day and I think they've done a good job. They used all the old rock and a bunch of new rock."

The new section, west of the entrance to the farm, is a lighter color than the remaining 1,000-foot section of the wall that didn't have to be moved.

"I don't care what color it is," Julian said. "The lighter color looks nice."

She said she enjoyed watching the rebuilding of the wall and would love to learn the art of dry stone construction.

"Maybe in another life I'll do that," she said, smiling.

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