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

The Publication

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 publication 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. 

We sincerely hope you enjoy and will make plans soon to visit the Scripture Rocks Heritage Park and explore the legacy in stone left by this interesting individual.

This publication won a National Award in 2016 which was presented by the American Association of State and Local History.