THE ROLLSTONE HILL "ROCK WALK" TRAIL
A PROPOSAL BY PETER CAPODAGLI
|The Rollstone Boulder was part of Fitchburg's landscape for thousands of years before any settlers came to the region and in
more recent times it is well understood to be an iconic and identifying feature of our city. The small verse on the right, penned
by local resident Henry A. Goodrich in 1893, summarizes the sentiments and connection that Fitchburg's citizens had to the
Boulder at the turn of the century. One does not have to dig too deep to understand the historic connections and influence it
has had on the city's character, yet it remains today relatively unnoticed, under appreciated, and somewhat forgotten.
The simple words "Rollstone" and "Boulder" have historically been part of the very fabric of our community, and evidence of
their usage has been interwoven freely throughout time. We have Rollstone Bank, Rollstone Street, Rollstone Road,
Rollstone Fuel, and Rollstone Congregational Church. Years ago we had the Rollstone House, the Rollstone Polka, Rollstone
Buick, and Rollstone Studios. Similarily, we have Boulder Drive, the Boulder Café, FATV’s Boulder Awards, The Boulder Art
Gallery, the Boulder Coffeehouse, and Fitchburg High’s yearbook the Boulder. Years ago there was a the Boulder Service
Station and a Boulder Barber Shop in the Upper Common.
I believe the Boulder, Rollstone Hill, the quarries, and the historic connections associated with them, have the potential to
draw significant numbers of visitors to our downtown and can be a "destination" in their own right. We are simply not using
them to our advantage. With the proper promotion I believe they have the potential to be a contributing component to the
economic development of the city while adding a good degree of interest and uniqueness. It is with these thoughts in mind
that I am proposing the Fitchburg "Rock Walk".
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