After trudging around White Rocks National Recreation Area, I decided to settle down in Rutland, Vermont, for a couple of days. Rutland is the third largest city in Vermont and the county seat of Rutland County. The downtown area of the city is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and 108 buildings in the downtown area are on the register. This is always of interest to me, when I travel. I like old, historic places.
In the early 19th century, small high-quality marble deposits were discovered in Rutland, and in the 1830s a large deposit of nearly solid marble was found in what is now West Rutland. By the 1840s, small firms had begun excavations, but marble quarries proved profitable only after the railroad arrived in 1851. At the same time, the famous quarries of Carrara in Tuscany, Italy, grew largely unworkable because of their extreme depth, allowing Rutland to become one of the world's leading marble producers. The closing of the marble quarries in the area in the 1980s and 1990s cost the area many jobs. However, Vermont remains a leader in granite quarrying and production.
Rutland is the terminal city for Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express, which provides daily service to and from New York City via Albany.
Looking down Merchants Row
Beautiful Downtown Rutland
Merchants Row through the park in front of the Walmart
Looking up Merchants Row
Rutland City Hall
Mourning dove in a park
A multi-tiered park
with much color
I saw several murals in Rutland like the one on the right above