The morning we left Moose Lake the skies were still in quite a quandary in regards to how the day would be. However, as we pulled into Banning State Park in Minnesota a decision was made by Mother Nature. We were granted a sun filled hike along the Sandstone Quarry Trail.
There was much to see just along this trail at Banning. We did not go off on any of the spurs as we did not have enough time after spending a few hours on this particular one. The sights on this trail were extremely interesting as well as historical and as we walked we came upon this building.
What peaked my interest at first was that this building had a very large tree inside of it. Also the architecture, here was a window in a building now sans the roof, with a little round opening inside, just to the left of the tree. I don’t know what the opening was for, perhaps some sort of duct work?
This was a pink sandstone quarry that operated in the late 1800s. This building is the Power House that was built later in the quarry’s history and provided power just for the quarry itself.
One of the most interesting things about this area is how it was completely stripped of any vegetation by quarrying and how re-growth has brought back the beauty of what was once there before man destroyed it. Nature retaking its own in what seems, to me, to be a short amount of time considering the big picture.
What an amazing ability to heal itself the world has! Though the complexion is forever changed from what it once was before it was so abused, nature will endure if given half a chance.