From a patch of land in southern Indiana has come the stone for many of the country's most famous buildings, including the Washington Cathedral, the Pentagon, the Empire State Building, and Chicago's Tribune Tower. If you live anywhere within the lower forty-eight states you probably live within walking distance of library, bank, monument, church, house or skyscraper built with Indiana limestone. In Limestone Country is the story of the stone, from its geologic origins through its mining history to the present. Sanders records the folklore, the craft, the distinct culture that has grown up around Indiana limestone. Above all we hear the voices of those who have worked all their lives in the quarries and mills: "I oughn't be telling you all this" says a former cutter, "but its only the truth."
'A thoughtful and fine local geography. Scott Sanders, judging little and settling forth much, gives us texture and depth in southern Indiana, a place that's dressed a phenomenal number of the nation's enduring buildings.' -Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men
Scott Russell Sanders is the author of The Paradise of Bombs and of Wilderness Plots: Tales About the Settlement of American Land, among other works of fiction and nonfiction. He teaches literature at the University of Indiana at Bloomington, where he lives with his family.