Thank you to everyone who participated in this years Granite City Run events. You can check out the results online at Granite City Run Results
We are very pleased to announce that the Montello Rotary will be donating $1500 to the Marquette Veterans Memorial. That makes a total of $3000 donated over the two years we have had the run. We would love to make that even bigger next year.
We are already planning for next year's event and as those plans come along, we will be posting details and news. We hope to see you next year!
If you have any questions or suggestions to help us make it better, please e-mail us at [email protected]
Why Granite City Run?
The name of the race reflects the history of Montello, Wisconsin. You can't really get too far into talking about Montello's history without mentioning Granite. The Montello Granite Company's quarry was opened about 1880, and was operated until the 1960's. Tests have proved that for durability and strength there are few granites anywhere that equal the Montello granite. Its qualities are so enduring that it will be found standing in many of our cemeteries uninjured long after the monuments and mausoleums constructed out of most kinds of stone have crumbled into decay. Some of the finest monuments of the country have been constructed from the Montello granite. They may be found by the score in cemeteries in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin. Among the more important pieces of work may be mentioned the Custer monument and the monuments to Wisconsin soldiers at Gettysburg and Chickamauga.
The sarcophagi for General and Mrs. U.S. Grant at Riverside Park, New York, were hewn from Montello granite, having been selected by a special commission in competition with granite from many parts of the world. These sarcophagi were cut from single large blocks measuring approximately ten feet six inches by five feet six inches by four feet ten inches.
Montello granite has also been used for building purposes. In Chicago, it has been used in the Herald Building, the Stone Building, the Pickard Residence, the Miller Residence, the Kirk Block on Madison Avenue and 55th Street and many others.
These are the area businesses that are supporting this year's run.