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"Great Wall Of Saskatchewan"
Nine years ago FARM SHOW reported on retired Canadian wheat farmer Albert Johnson who was working eight hours a day, seven days a week, on his answer to the Great Wall of China. At the time, his "Great Wall Of Saskatchewan" was 1/2 mile long (Vol. 13, No. 5).
Built of rocks gathered, hauled and placed entirely by himself, the recently completed wall is now 1 1/2 miles long. Nicknamed "Stonewall" for his accomplishment, Johnson, 89, began the wall for the fun of it in 1962 at the age of 52.
He estimates it took "a few billion" rocks to complete the wall, which measures 9 ft. wide on bottom and 6 ft. wide on top.
Along the way, Johnson faced setbacks, such as a collapse which forced him to re-build 500 ft. of the wall.
Johnson's wall has been visited by thou-sands of tourists from all over North America, sometimes arriving in bus loads of 50 and 100 at a time. He's also been the focus of dozens of TV, newspaper and magazine features.
"Nothing this big has ever been built by one man before," he says. "That's why there's so much attention given to it."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Albert "Stonewall" Johnson, Box 42, Smiley, Sask., Canada S0L 2Z0 (ph 306 838-2192).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2