We ventured to Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone Minnesota. American Indians of many tribes journeyed to this area to quarry its pipestone and fashion peace pipes. They usually quarry in late summer and fall. In the spring and early summer, ground water collects in the pit from spring runoff of melting snow and high rainfall. Before quarrying can take place, the quarriers must pump the water from their pits. Because only hand tools are allowed to quarry the pipestone the quarry process is hard physical labor.
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