Restorations at the Colorado National Monument

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The historic rock guard walls up on the Colorado National Monument have been undergoing restorations since the beginning of summer.

On the surface, it may look like ordinary construction, but it's the history behind it that makes this creation so unique.

"These are the historic walls that were put in by the Civilian Conservation Core in the 1930's. Some of them need a little bit of work and a little bit of replacement," said Arlene Jackson, Public Information Officer with the Colorado National Monument. 

They said this wall is just one phase of a project that is set to last for quite some time.

"This current wall will take a couple more weeks. In the scheme of things, we have work that will last three years," said Charles Nikkel, Stone Mason with the Colorado National Monument.

Though these walls were built almost several years ago, monument officials said there are still some similarities today.

"Much of the work is the same. The shaping the rock, pouring the mortar, establishing the stones. They even use many of the same tools, such as hand tools and hammers," said Jackson.

They also stressed that there are key differences. 

"Our folks today get to go down into air conditioned houses and probably have a better choice of what dinner was that night," said Jackson.

They said the most practical reason for restoring these walls is, 

Aesthetic and Longevity. The walls aren't just for protection, but to provide stability for the road itself," said Nikkel.

Of course, preservation also a main factor.

"You get to put in this work by hand outdoors and you get to come back years from now and see your work out here be a part of history," said Scott Banjac, Stone Mason at the Colorado National Monument.

They said if done right, their work will last for centuries to come.

If you have piece history that you'd like to share, you can do so on September 23rd.

Monument officials will be holding a "pop up museum" at the visitor center, where people with stories and artifacts can share their work.


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