November 12, 2013


Posted in Bottineau, Endangered buildings, History, Photos, Pictures, Stone Bank rocks, Updates tagged , , at 6:52 pm by stonebankblog

We won’t live long enough to see this date sequence again.

But the Stone Bank will most likely be around a hundred years from now to bear witness to a another series of consecutive sequence dates in the next millennium. Why? Because we are making sure this building stands tall for another century or more.


So here’s to the Stone Bank — and another 100 years.

It’s the season of giving, and we could use your support as we rebuild the back of this building. Any amount helps pay the contractors — so give away. You are holding history in your hands.

November 11, 2013

Shake a Veteran’s Hand

Posted in Bottineau, Friends of Stone Bank, Life, Photos, Pictures, Updates tagged , , at 10:51 am by stonebankblog

Let’s all take a moment to say “thanks” to a veteran today.

Stone Bank Bottineau ND

The flag, the breeze and the Stone Bank — give a hearty salute to those who have served our country.

Start with our stone mason, Joe Whetter, who served in the Marines. And he is doing us an honor by working to restore the Stone Bank.

Today, we honor Joe and all other veterans. Thanks for your service.

Stone mason Joe Whetter

Stone mason Joe Whetter did the heavy lifting in dismantling the back 20 feet of the Stone Bank. He is now working on a new foundation for the back of the building.

November 6, 2013

Don’t Just Stand There …

Posted in Friends of Stone Bank, Photos, Pictures, Updates tagged , , , at 8:09 pm by stonebankblog

Say something good about the Stone Bank.

Stone Bank in Bottineau, ND

A walk in the woods, a drive in the car — anytime is a great time to think: Stone Bank.

Your Stone Bank blogger thinks about the Stone Bank a lot. Little things like “how are we going to get (fill in the blank) done? Or, “Wow, that stone looks great in the sunlight.” And sometimes: “What was I thinking.”

So, on Day 6 of National Blog Posting Month, we are holding an open-mike night. Tell us what you think about this project or historic preservation in general. Tell us about your favorite historic place. Just don’t tell us to give up. That isn’t on the options list.

Please, ask questions about the project. Make suggestions for future blog posts. Share a memory of Bottineau or the Stone Bank. We want to hear from YOU, our loyal blog readers and our new friends.

Just don’t stand there …

November 5, 2013

You Look Great in Blue!

Posted in Friends of Stone Bank, Photos, Pictures tagged , , , , at 1:47 pm by stonebankblog

This is really a nice T-shirt!

That’s why my colleague Jeff G. said when he put on his new Stone Bank T-shirt.

Stone Bank in Bottineau, Nd

Another friend of the Stone Bank rocks the T-shirt. But his hands are out suggesting perhaps that you make a donation to our worthy cause.

Buy a shirt. Send us a photo and we will post it on the blog.

Jeff’s photo was taken at the office in downtown Saint Paul. Where will you pose for your Stone Bank photo?

We would love to post it here during National Blog Posting Month. The month is young — and we have the room.

Thanks for reading the Stone Bank blog. We always appreciate comments and likes. (Heck, everyone wants to be liked. Jeff does. The Stone Bank does. The blogger does. So send us some love.)

Check out our website for information on ordering a T-shirt.

November 3, 2013

It takes courage… and patience

Posted in Bottineau, Inside Stone Bank, Photos, Pictures, Stone Work, Updates tagged , , , , at 7:11 pm by stonebankblog

Let’s see. You take a 100+ year-old building with some structural problems that the city is threatening to condemn.

So, uh, someone should do something, Right?

Turns out that someone is YOU and a couple of friends. So you jump in and get to work.

But the work is hard and progress is slow — but you push on. And on. And on.

Discouraged? Sometimes.


Stone Bank project in Bottineau, ND

Slogans and helpful sayings somehow are helpful. Here’s one.

So, no. It is not easy. But saving this historic gem is right and that makes it worth the angst.

Stone Bank, Bottineau, ND

This is how the Stone Bank looked in October 2011. The back wall was crumbling and something clearly had to be done.

So we made a plan to save the Stone Bank by fixing what was wrong. Part of the problem was caused by a roof that was more like a sieve. The other problem was that the back section of the building was constructed over shallow footings.

Stone Bank, Bottineau, ND

This is what the back 20 feet of the Stone Bank was sitting on — very shallow footings. At rear, you can see the back stone shelf supporting the back wall.

So with a great deal of physical labor and some time, we took the back section of the bank apart, stone by stone. (Some of the stones weighed more that 200 pounds.) The stones were labeled and saved and will be reused when we put the back section of the bank back together again.

Stone Bank, Bottineau, ND

The Stone Bank with the back wall and 20 feet of the south wall removed. The stone wall at rear in this photo was dismantled in 2012 and early 2013.

So, yes. This is hard. But our hearts are light. Because we are now rebuilding the back section of the building, starting with deep footings and a proper foundation. This is progress and it feels great.

Care to help? We have to pay our contractors and our taxes and insurance — so we are always happy to receive donations. You can buy a T-shirt or dedicate a stone. Or you can drop a bag of money on our doorstep. All the details on how to give are on our website.

Stay tuned for more photos.

Rome wasn’t built in a day — and the Stone Bank sort of has the same attitude.

Thanks for reading the Stone Bank blog. We sure appreciate it when you “like” our posts.

November 2, 2013

Rockin’ the T-Shirt

Posted in Bottineau, Friends of Stone Bank, Photos, Pictures tagged , , , at 9:27 pm by stonebankblog

What are the hipsters wearing near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis?

A Stone Bank T-shirt, of course.

Stone Bank T-shirt

She designed this T-shirt and she is rockin’ it. MaryB says  hello from Minneapolis.

Thanks for the great design MaryB. We love the T-shirt. We think there should be one in every closet.

How about you? We would love to publish a photo of you in your Stone Bank T!  But first you have to order one. Easy to do.

Order on our website, or stop by 4J’s Sporting Goods in Bottineau — they have them in stock.

We have women’s cut T-shirts in antique cherry red (gorgeous) from small to 3x. Men’s cut T’s are in periwinkle blue, from medium to 3x.

Show your Stone Bank spirit and order your T-shirt today. They are only $15, 100% cotton and a great conversation starter. All proceeds support the Stone Bank project. (And we pay the shipping.)

This is Day 2 of National Blog Posting Month, and we hope to publish at least 10 photos of our friends sporting their Stone Bank T’s. Let’s go.

Do you have a photo or a Stone Bank story to share? Send them to and we will share them on our blog.

November 1, 2013

Block. Mortar. Progress.

Posted in Bottineau, Photos, Pictures, Renovation, Stone Work, Updates tagged , , , at 10:26 pm by stonebankblog

Let’s face it. This is just plain exciting for friends and fans of the Stone Bank project. Stone mason Joe Whetter and his crew are putting a foundation up where none used to exist.

Here are photos of the first day of putting down the foundation. It’s amazing how quickly Joe could lay a row of concrete block — the hard part surely was the prep work.

Stone Bank in Bottinea, ND

Sharp corner at what will be the rear of the bank.

Joe and his crew made amazing progress in a single afternoon -- and the weather (for once cooperated).

Joe and his crew made amazing progress in a single afternoon — and the weather (for once) was sweet and cooperative. Rock on!

Stone Bank in Bottineau, ND

Stone mason Joe Whetter placed horizontal reinforcement between the layers of block.

At the Stone Bank, we embrace challenge — obviously. So, we are taking up the challenge from WordPress to write a blog post every day during the month of November. It’s called NaBloPoMo — National Blog Posting Month, and you can help! Do you have a photo of the bank or a special memory? We would love to post your guest blog this month. So send us your ideas or your posts. Send us a photo of you wearing your smashing Stone Bank T-shirt. This is going to be fun. Join us. It’s all good.

As always — thanks for reading the Stone Bank blog.

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