We have heard a lot about building a wall lately and when Google used this image on St. Patrick's Day, it reminded me of a wall that Elaine and I built some years ago. It was a "dry" limestone retaining wall built in front of our first house. The native Greenhorn limestone came from the old house on the family farm where I grew up. The house was rebuilt in 1950 with the limestone walls replaced with cement blocks. Elaine and I had bought our first house about the same time.
It was a little house here in Seward and their first home when my folks were married. The front yard had a drop-off of about three feet to graveled Bradford street. We had no garage and parked our car out front on the edge of the street. The wall widened our parking area, and we built concrete steps to get up to the stepping stones in the yard. It made the house much more attractive. The house changed hands many times over the years but the wall remained until a couple years ago when it was replaced with concrete parking. During this past week, we brought a chunk of the Greenhorn Limestone up to our patio area here at Brookdale from out house where we had kept it all these years.