Early in the twentieth century, a bed of sedimentary sandstone was quarried for building stone from a site just to the southeast of the present city limits. Most stone buildings in the state use granite or sandstone fieldstones. This anomalous use of indigenous material yields an interesting local palette of dark gray cut stone. At one time, there were as many as eight sandstone buildings anchoring the commercial district. Those that survive on these blocks are the Patterson building (1903), Lynn law office (1905), First National Bank (1908), and the Petrie Store building (1909). Lamentably, the three-story Hogue Stone Hospital, impressively built with Linton sandstone, was demolished c. 2009.
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