The Rock Book
Much of what is known about Douglas Stahlman's life comes directly from his manuscript titled The Dedicated Rocks.
His writing begins with a short introduction followed by 19 handwritten chapters contained in 7 composition notebooks archived in the collections of the Jefferson County History Center. Only the first eighteen chapters are complete and the balance of chapter 19 appears to be missing from the set. It is unknown how many chapters he actually completed or intended or where the missing books might reside or if they still exist.
Here we present scans of the original 7 books so you can read his story in his own handwriting. A full transcription is included in the JCHS publication Douglas Stahlman,
Why He Carved His Legacy in Stone.
The Rock Book
In our publication, The Scripture Rocks; Why Douglas Stahlman Carved His Legacy in Stone, we were able to research materials, newspaper accounts, hospital records and information relating to Douglas Stahlman filling in many of the historical gaps and both verifying and refuting some of the many local legends that abound about this man and his engraved stones.
The book is intended to be a historically
accurate account of his life and is intended to
preserve a record of his work without bias for or
against his chosen lifestyle.
This publication won a National Award in 2016
which was presented by the American Association
of State and Local History.