and was impressed by the words carved into huge granite boulders scattered about the woods in this wild 5-mile-wide area of Gloucester.
Even more than the words themselves, though, I liked the story of how they got there.
Roger Babson was a philanthropist who donated a reservoir and the nearby land of Dogtown to the City of Gloucester. He also hired out-of-work stonecutters during the Depression to do the work of carving 26 boulders. A one-man WPA!
Anyone looking for guidance, inspiration, or a dope-slap could find it among the sayings.
There are the advice boulders:
GET A JOB
STAY OUT OF DEBT
BE ON TIME
and the values boulders:
and the inspiring phrases boulders:
IF WORK STOPS VALUES DECAY
NEVER TRY NEVER WIN
USE YOUR HEAD
PROSPERITY FOLLOWS SERVICE
and my favorite:
WALK THE WORDS
Scrambling around in the woods, up and down the narrow paths, discovering each monument, was a nice way for me to absorb the messages over a couple of hours.
If I could suggest another boulder to be carved, it would say, simply: