by Clay Kelleher
The photo shows that visitors have NOT been recently removing significant pieces of the famous Erratic Rock near Bellevue Oregon (as is alleged by others). After a GSOC meeting this spring, several of us were browsing through the scrapbooks in the GSOC library and found the 1950 black & white photo.
The Ice Age Floods Institute just happened to have a field trip planned that would include a stop there, so I sent them the photo and they re-staged the photo with the same number of people taken from the same angle. The people are dressed differently and nobody's holding a hammer, but the rock is the same.
So while it might have been "mined" prior to 1950, possibly by locals for flat stones, I believe today's tourists are respectful.