Age to Age is an inter-generational service organization. During 2009, the Cloquet chapter of Age to Age decided to help beautify Pinehurst Park by starting a flower garden south of the Carlton Avenue entrance to the park. As part of the project, a rock with a modified version of the Age to Age logo was put in the flower garden. The rock lets everyone know who is responsible for the flower garden and provides some visual interest during those times of the year when the flowers aren’t around. The design was done in the "petroglyph" style. The rock was donated by the city of Cloquet.
The location of the rock art along the St. Louis River trail is reported in distance from specified bollards. What are bollards? Bollards are vertical posts used to control vehicle traffic. On the St. Louis River trail, the bollards are steel pipes setÂ into the middle of the trail, near roads, parking lots, etc. The bollards are about 4 feet high and about 3.5 inches in diameter. They are yellow with three red and silver stripes near the top. The bollards were selected as reference points because they are not likely to move and they will be easy to see, even if there is groundcover, such as leaves or snow.
Of the five rocks with designs on them, the rock closest to the Scanlon park and ride has an “axe and log” on two sides. The log consists of about three-fourths of a circular cross section and two pieces of about one-eighth each of a circular cross section. The design is a reminder that the historic railroad was built for the logging industry. The design was incised into the southwest side of the rock and is in relief on the northeast side of the rock. The rock is about 10,014 feet from the County Road 3 bollard and about 285 feet from the Scanlon park and ride bollard. It is about 11 feet east of the trail center. This rock was donated by the city of Cloquet and before it was selected for the trail, it resided at Pine Valley park. During the process of adding the “axe and log” to the rock, great care was taken to preserve the moss on what has become the “incised” side of the rock. The moss appears to be doing fine in its new location and it helps with the “old” look that was sought.
The rock with the hobo symbol for “bad water” is north of the road to the gravel pits to the west of the trail. It is about 8,599 feet north of the County Road 3 bollard and about 1,700 feet from the Scanlon park and ride bollard. The rock is about 12 feet west of the center of the trail.
The rock with the hobo symbolÂ for “railroad” is about 2,958 feet north of the “good water” rock. It is about 4,766 feet north of the County Road 3 bollard and about 5,533 feet south of the Scanlon park and ride bollard. The “railroad” rock is about 22 feet west of the trail center. The symbol is a reminder that the trail follows an old railroad grade.
About 1,090 feet north of the beaver tracks rock is a rock with the hobo symbol for "good water". This rock is about 1,808 feet north of the County Road 3 bollard and about 8,491 feet south of the Scanlon park and ride bollard. It is about 8 feet east of the trail center.
Of the five rocks added along the St. Louis River trail, the southernmost has beaver tracks on it. Yes, there is a beaver in the area. The tracks were added to the rock to make it appear as if a beaver had been standing on the rock, looking to the west.
The tracks from the back feet can be seen from the trail. Up close, the tracks from the front feet can be seen also. This rock is about 718 feet north of the bollard north of County Road 3 and about 9,581 feet south of the bollard south of the Scanlon park and ride. The rock is about 24 feet west of the center of the trail.