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MCDONALD STONE CO. 

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COURIER POST

"Built on History" 

McDonald Stone Co. featured in Courier Post

"When Randy and Lola looked inside the cabin, it still had the original tools used in its construction. They also found a monument depicting a birth date in March 1776 — predating the signing of the Declaration of Independence — that offered a glimpse into the early days of Missouri and Ralls County. The inscription shows the last name Carstarphen, and Lola McDonald said the family was extremely prominent in Ralls County’s early years."

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HERALD-WHIG

McDonald Stone Co. featured in Herald-Whig

"They work hard to ensure a quality product is sent to customers. And when business picked up considerably the last few years, they spent nearly 12 months looking at the best places to expand. 

Within the next few weeks, things will be finalized for the McDonalds to purchase land south of Hannibal along U.S. 61 to establish a new walk-in design showroom and office, large stone inventory and retail shop."

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Rural Missouri Magazine

McDonald Stone Co. featured in Rural Missouri Magazine

"They stand as sentinels along the roadside or a winding pathway, silently heralding a surname and address. Some proudly showcase detailed business logos, while others share peaceful images and messages of remembrance for those who've passed on. Some are vast in size, while others, less so.

Randy and Lola McDonald have taken what was once a 'hobby with a waiting list' and sandblasted their way into the stone sign market with McDonald Stone Co. in Center." 

-Heather Berry 

2017

EXPANDING

OUR BUSINESS

Featured in

Ralls County Herald-Enterprise

September 22, 2016

McDonald Stone Co. featured in Ralls County Herald-Enterprise

Featured in

The Cattleman's Advocate

McDonald Stone Co. featured in The Cattleman's Advocate

"Ralls County residents Randy and Lola McDonald, who keep busy at farming, cattle production, and pipeline contracting from their home base at Madisonville, have paved their way into yet another enterprise by sandblasting stone monuments that help clients leave a lasting mark on the rural landscape."

- Susan Denkler

Special to The Advocate

Present Date

McDonald Stone Co. ships products directly (nationwide), assisting in installation locally, and sourcing the best landscapers for clients abroad. Located alongside US-61 in New London, Mo., we house a large inventory, each inspected by our curators for novel aesthetic value and structural integrity.

OUR STORY

McDonald Stone Co.'s logo
Custom
Hand-Crafted

We consider each piece of art an undeniable expression of self. Much like the centuries-old names etched into stone often found in local caves, bluffs, etc., our products remain intact for centuries, left for future generation to marvel at. 

McDonald Stone Co.

THE FOUNDERS

We. Value. Identity.

     McDonald Stone was founded by a family-owned conglomerate intent on celebrating life, personality, identity, and culture.

 

     Our artisans value uniformity, aesthetic coherence, and individual identity foremost. Each stone art piece undergoes significant preparation, offering a myriad of color, substrate, and design options.

2001

HUMBLE

BEGINNINGS

Founding of McDonald Stone Co. 

     Our story begins in 2001 with an unfortunate start: the death of a beloved family member. A search for monuments led to pushy salesmen and generic-seeming machined products with little personal identity, usually etched chemically by unconcerned employees. Rather than feeling discouraged, we elected to create something truly unique. Using a series of chisels, a ton of saw blades, and a few now-proprietary tools borrowed from other projects, we crafted our first memorial signage from local, native Missouri stone. 

heron

2011

PRESERVING

YOUR LEGACY 

2016

THROUGH

GENERATIONS

plat map

MADISONVILLE, MO

MSC's 2nd Design Office

McDonald Stone Co.'s 2nd Design Office

Located in historic Madisonville, Mo. in the home built by Lola McDonald's great grandparents in 1911.

Madisonville, MO

The

"Old Pear Tree" 

What was once a burgeoning orchard planted by Lola’s relatives on the family century farm, one last pear tree remains. Each fall, after the first frost, guests visiting the design office in the 1911 home were invited to take a short walk through the yard to pick a pear from a tree decades old. 

old pear tree

The “old pear tree” still persists with a hollowed trunk and fractal reflections cascading through low-hanging branches still producing fruit. A treasure enjoyed by many generations. 

McDonald Stone Co.'s logo

MSC's first Logo 

Designed by Cole McDonald

burnt paper

Customer outreach was overwhelming. Our waiting list soon spanned many months in advance; It was time to expand.

Entering a significant phase of expansion

Design Office land
US-61

Land purchased alongside US-61 for our

new Design Office. 

C. 1820s

Reconstruction of Carstarphen Log Cabin at our new location. 

James E. Carstarphen

James E. Carstarphen

"James E. Carstarphen was born in Ralls County, MO on January 22, 1828. He was born to a relatively poor family of farmers. His father was elected the Ralls County Sheriff when James was six years old. The family moved to the county seat of New London, MO in 1834. For the years that they lived in town, James was educated by Samuel K. Caldwell, who, along with Joel K. Shaw, laid out the town of Louisiana in 1818."

Carstarphen Cabin

Removing the cabin from its original location.

July 3rd, 2017

Carstarphen Cabin

Original portion of this structure was moved from rural Ralls County, Missouri to our current Design Office location.

Nov. 13th, 2017

Carstarphen Cabin

Reconstruction near completion.

Dec. 14th, 2017

2018

A NEW 

BEGINNING

McDonald Stone Co.'s logo

MSC's current logo. 

Designed by Cole McDonald

McDonald Stone Co.'s Design Office being built

Construction of our current Design Office

 at 15951 Northside Dr. New London, Mo.

Jan. 23rd, 2018

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OUR STORY

CUSTOM

HAND-CRAFTED

We consider each piece of art an undeniable expression of self. Much like the centuries-old names etched into stone often found in local caves, bluffs, etc., our products remain intact for centuries, left for future generation to marvel at. 

CUSTOM

HAND-CRAFTED

We consider each piece of art an undeniable expression of self. Much like the centuries-old names etched into stone often found in local caves, bluffs, etc., our products remain intact for centuries, left for future generation to marvel at. 

CUSTOM

HAND-CRAFTED

We consider each piece of art an undeniable expression of self. Much like the centuries-old names etched into stone often found in local caves, bluffs, etc., our products remain intact for centuries, left for future generation to marvel at. 

CUSTOM

HAND-CRAFTED

We consider each piece of art an undeniable expression of self. Much like the centuries-old names etched into stone often found in local caves, bluffs, etc., our products remain intact for centuries, left for future generation to marvel at. 

McDonald Stone Co.'s logo
McDonald Stone Co.

ABOUT

MCDONALD STONE CO. 

McDonald Stone was founded by a family-owned conglomerate intent on celebrating life, personality, identity, and culture.

 

Our artisans value uniformity, aesthetic coherence, and individual identity foremost. Each stone art piece undergoes significant preparation, offering a myriad of color, substrate, and design options.

2001

HUMBLE

BEGINNINGS

Founding of McDonald Stone Co. 

Our story begins in 2001 with an unfortunate start: the death of a beloved family member. A search for monuments led to pushy salesmen and generic-seeming machined products with little personal identity, usually etched chemically by unconcerned employees. Rather than feeling discouraged, we elected to create something truly unique. Using a series of chisels, a ton of saw blades, and a few now-proprietary tools borrowed from other projects, we crafted our first memorial signage from local, native Missouri stone. 

heron

2011

PRESERVING

YOUR LEGACY 

Featured in

The Cattleman's Advocate

"Ralls County residents Randy and Lola McDonald, who keep busy at farming, cattle production, and pipeline contracting from their home base at Madisonville, have paved their way into yet another enterprise by sandblasting stone monuments that help clients leave a lasting mark on the rural landscape."

- Susan Denkler

Special to The Advocate

McDonald Stone Co. featured in The Cattleman's Advocate

2016

THROUGH

GENERATIONS

MSC's

2nd Design Office

burnt paper
McDonald Stone Co.'s 2nd Design Office
Madisonville, MO

Located in historic Madisonville, Mo. in the home built by Lola McDonald's great grandparents in 1911.

The

"Old Pear Tree" 

What was once a burgeoning orchard planted by Lola’s relatives on the family century farm, one last pear tree remains. Each fall, after the first frost, guests visiting the design office in the 1911 home were invited to take a short walk through the yard to pick a pear from a tree decades old. 

The “old pear tree” still persists with a hollowed trunk and fractal reflections cascading through low-hanging branches still producing fruit. A treasure enjoyed by many generations. 

old pear tree
McDonald Stone Co. featured in Ralls County Herald-Enterprise

Featured in

Ralls County Herald-Enterprise

September 22, 2016

2017

EXPANDING

OUR BUSINESS

McDonald Stone Co.'s logo

MSC's first Logo 

Designed by Cole McDonald

McDonald Stone Co. featured in Rural Missouri Magazine

Featured in

Rural Missouri Magazine

"They stand as sentinels along the roadside or a winding pathway, silently heralding a surname and address. Some proudly showcase detailed business logos, while others share peaceful images and messages of remembrance for those who've passed on. Some are vast in size, while others, less so.

Randy and Lola McDonald have taken what was once a 'hobby with a waiting list' and sandblasted their way into the stone sign market with McDonald Stone Co. in Center." 

-Heather Berry 

Customer outreach was overwhelming. Our waiting list soon spanned many months in advance; It was time to expand.

McDonald Stone Co. featured in Herald-Whig

Featured in

HERALD-WHIG

"They work hard to ensure a quality product is sent to customers. And when business picked up considerably the last few years, they spent nearly 12 months looking at the best places to expand. 

Within the next few weeks, things will be finalized for the McDonalds to purchase land south of Hannibal along U.S. 61 to establish a new walk-in design showroom and office, large stone inventory and retail shop."

Entering a significant phase of expansion

McDonald Stone Co. purchases new land

The land purchased for our Design Office.

US-61

C. 1820s

Reconstruction of Carstarphen Log Cabin

C. 1820s

Reconstruction of Carstarphen Log Cabin

James E. Cartarphen

James E. Carstarphen

"James E. Carstarphen was born in Ralls County, MO on January 22, 1828. He was born to a relatively poor family of farmers. His father was elected the Ralls County Sheriff when James was six years old. The family moved to the county seat of New London, MO in 1834. For the years that they lived in town, James was educated by Samuel K. Caldwell, who, along with Joel K. Shaw, laid out the town of Louisiana in 1818."

Removing the cabin from its original location.

July 3rd, 2017

Original portion of this structure was moved from rural Ralls County, Missouri to our current Design Office location.

Carstarphen Cabin

Nov. 13th, 2017

2018

A NEW 

BEGINNING

Carstarphen Cabin

Reconstruction near completion.

Dec. 14th, 2017

Construction of our current Design Office in New London, Mo.

COnstruction of McDonald Stone Co.'s Design Office

Jan. 23rd, 2018

Featured in

COURIER POST

"Built on History" 

"When Randy and Lola looked inside the cabin, it still had the original tools used in its construction. They also found a monument depicting a birth date in March 1776 — predating the signing of the Declaration of Independence — that offered a glimpse into the early days of Missouri and Ralls County. The inscription shows the last name Carstarphen, and Lola McDonald said the family was extremely prominent in Ralls County’s early years."

McDonald Stone Co. featured in the Courier Post

MSC's current logo. 

Designed by Cole McDonald

McDonald Stone Co.'s logo

MSC's current logo. 

Designed by Cole McDonald

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PRESENT DATE

McDonald Stone Co. ships products directly (nationwide), assisting in installation locally, and sourcing the best landscapers for clients abroad. Located alongside US-61 in New London, Mo., we house a large inventory, each inspected by our curators for novel aesthetic value and structural integrity.

McDonald Stone Co. ships products directly (nationwide), assisting in installation locally, and sourcing the best landscapers for clients abroad. Located alongside US-61 in New London, Mo., we house a large inventory, each inspected by our curators for novel aesthetic value and structural integrity.

McDonald Stone Co.'s billboard

MSC's 2nd billboard alongside US - 61

ahead of the Design Office in New London, Mo. 

2019

McDonald Stone Co.'s billboard in 2015

MSC's first billboard 

2015

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