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Students see famous sandstone staircase

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 May 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo courtesy of State Sen. George Maziarz’s office – Lyndonville students smile while standing on the Million Dollar Staircase in Albany.

ALBANY – Lyndonville eighth-graders were in the state capitol today and they happily posed on the famous “Million Dollar Staircase,” which is made from Medina sandstone quarried in Orleans County.

Adam Tabelski, state Sen. George Maziarz’s communication director, sent me a photo of Lyndonville kids.

I’ve never seen this staircase, and it’s on my “Bucket List.”

The staircases took 14 years to construct between 1883 and 1897 and cost $1 million. The state employed 500 stonecutters to get the job done. I have to think “The Million Dollar Staircase” is a strong contender for the inaugural class of the Medina Sandstone Hall of Fame, which is expected to be announced this fall.

You can read more about the staircase by clicking here.