Quarrymen Preferred Blond(in)s

This photo is of Johnson’s Quarry and provides a good view of the bull wheel derrick. In the background is a clear view of the Blondin, and in the foreground are an accumulation of grout scoops.

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2 thoughts on “Quarrymen Preferred Blond(in)s

  1. I was told that the term “Blondin” came from-[Jean François Gravelet-Blondin (24 February 1824 – 22 February 1897) was a French tightrope walker and acrobat. (see, WIKI)] The rusty remnant cables that still hung, over the water, between the sides of the Rockport Reservoir Quarry (Name?) were a challenge, and “rite of passage” for my parents generation, that I never “dared”…They were called “Blondins”, and the kids who did “dare”, allegedly, climbed out, across, on them, hand over hand, wearing gloves to protect their palms from rusty cable splinters, until they got to the “drop zone”, high over deep enuff water; let go of the Blondin, and plunged into the Pit below. A prominent “Lanesville- Finn kid”, who later became Principal and Superintendant of GLO Public Schools, was remembered as one of those kids. No “helicopter parents” in them days, apparently.

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