The Rock Wall Project

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Eileen Pedersen

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November, 2002 marked the beginning of our quest to document, record and preserve the stories of the building of Trail’s hundreds of rock walls. That was 15 years ago! What a run it’s been.

From being at booths and parades, to celebrating the builders, creating t-shirts, photo cards, and a 10 route walking tour brochure; inclusion of our rock walls in the Official City Plan, saving the Esplanade stone planters and publishing a comprehensive full colour coffee table book, Set in Stone – A History of Trail’s Rock Walls, not to mention the bronze plaques commemorating the stone masons, we, the members of the RWPES, could not have done it without our generous community, all our sponsors and supporters, for climbing on board and honouring the living, cultural and historical presence of our amazing rock walls. Did you know we still have stone gutters?

Stonemason Guglielmo ‘Bill’ Di Domenico turned 100 this year and stonemason Louie Bedin turned 80!! How fortunate we are to still have these masters among us. It was crushing, back-breaking work, performed in the worst possible winter conditions with no bathrooms, no lunchroom. They were dropped off on site in the morning and picked up at the end of the day.

Resulting from our project and a supportive community, additional attractive stonework has been constructed in and around some of our neighbourhoods by the City of Trail. Kudos!

With copies of Set in Stone all over Canada and some to the USA, France, Italy, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emerites and England, there are now fewer than 20 books left. This is a bitter-sweet moment for us as we anticipate the end of this run by the new year. We are informing the community in case someone has always wanted one and didn’t want to miss this opportunity to own or gift one before they are gone.

You can call the RWP at 250-364-2488 for details. We wish everyone a healthy, peaceful and joyous Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Holiday Season and New Year.

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P.S. Stay tuned for the official launching of the revised 10-route Walking Tour brochure, including routes such as the Manicotti Meander and Haggis Hike, in the spring of 2018.