It’s taken a while, but Rolling Rock finally has some credibility.
The 140-ton boulder, which has been a postcard-worthy traffic hazard in Fall River, Massachusetts, for longer than anyone can remember, is now the “official glacial rock” of Massachusetts, thanks to a bill signed into law by governor Deval Patrick.
The bill rolled through the state legislature thanks to the zeal of a group of 21 Fall River elementary school students, who argued the rock’s merits before the Joint Legislative Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. Duly impressed — or perhaps not finding any rival claimants for the “official glacial rock” title — the bureaucratic machinery swiftly granted the children’s request.
The recognition gives Massachusetts a triumvirate of star rocks — Plymouth Rock, Dighton Rock, and now Rolling Rock — that must be visited for anyone with a passion for New England’s historically significant boulders.
At the intersection of County and Buckley Sts, on the east side of the city. Take I-195 exit 8A onto Hwy 24, then immediately take exit 2. At the end of the ramp turn right onto Brayton Ave./Eastern Ave. and follow Eastern Ave. north for about 1.5 miles. The rock will be on the right, opposite Lafayette Park on the left, in a little triangle just north of Barre St. and just south of County St.
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