North Salem, N.Y.’s Big Boulder

A Balanced Rock by Any Other Name

Balanced Rock in North Salem, N.Y., as depicted on a 1906 postcard

Balanced Rock in North Salem, N.Y., as depicted on a 1906 postcard

An old postcard from 1906 refers to North Salem, N.Y.’s Balanced Rock, a geological anomaly of sorts as it is a boulder balancing on a few smaller rocks, as ‘Large Boulder.’ It is interesting that postcards of North Salem were available more than a century ago, and one cannot help but wonder when ‘Balanced Rock’ began to be referred to as same.

—Lori Tripoli

A postcard depicting North Salem, N.Y.'s Balanced Rock was sent in 1906 to nearby Stratford, Conn.

A postcard depicting North Salem, N.Y.’s Balanced Rock was sent in 1906 to nearby Stratford, Conn.

No one is quite sure how a boulder came to balance upon several smaller rocks in North Salem, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

No one is quite sure how a boulder came to balance upon several smaller rocks in North Salem, N.Y.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

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