New Hampshire's first great industry


"For more than a century, the big business of Gravesend was lumber, which was the first big business of New Hampshire. Although New Hampshire is called the Granite State, granite -- building granite, curbstone granite, tombstone granite -- came after lumber; it was never the booming business that lumber was. You can be sure that when all the trees are gone, there will still be rocks around; but in the case of granite, most of it remains underground.''

-- From the novel A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving