After a morning with K-State students I took a drive southeast to Alma, KS with Andy Badeker to search for a “Scholar’s Stone” in the Flint Hills. The erosion pock-marked boulder will be a focal point in the sculpture at the Beach Art Museum.
While in Alma I was shown two unusual examples of stone masonry. The corn silage silo was built by two men over the course of a winter during the Great Depression. The stone vault is the basement ceiling of a homestead built by Swiss emigrants in 1864. They intended to age cheese there but the commercial venture failed due to warm weather and high humidity.