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Other Intersting Quarries

There are thousands of operating quarries around the world.  Here is a small slice of quarries with which we are familiar.

Bluestone Quarries

Bluestone is a Devonian sandstone quarried extensively in northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New York.  It has been used, primarily for pavements, for two centuries on the eastern coast of the United States. It is actively quarried at many locations and is shipped around the United States and Canada.

Bluestone Quarry

Bluestone quarry extracting blocks.

Bluestone Quarry
Bluestone Quarry

Bluestone Quarry

Cutting sawn-edge bluestone paving.

Bluestone Quarry
Bluestone Quarry

Bluestone Quarry

Cutting sawn-edge bluestone paving.

Bluestone Quarry
Bluestone Quarry

Bluestone

Finished sawn-edge bluestone.

Bluestone
Bluestone

Brownstone Quarry

Brownstone is a Triassic sandstone that was deposited in parts of Connecticut and surrounding states.  Brownstone was used extensively in the 17th and 18th centuries on many buildings in New York City and around the upper east coast of the U.S.  Brownstone quarrying was a major industry for a long time; however, in 1936 during the depression a storm flooded the quarries and most were never reopened.  The only quarry presently operating is by Portland Brownstone Quarries in Portland, CT.

Brownstone Quarry

Brownstone blocks being quarried at Portland Brownstone Quarries.

Brownstone Quarry
Brownstone Quarry

Brownstone Quarry

Brownstone blocks at Portland Brownstone Quarries.

Brownstone Quarry
Brownstone Quarry

Brownstone

Brownstone building in Manhattan.

Brownstone
Brownstone

Brownstone

Brownstone at Battery Park in Manhattan.

Brownstone
Brownstone

Cararra, Italy

The city of Cararra, Italy has been a stone quarrying and carving center for millenia.  The marbles quarried in the Apuan Alps near Cararra were used for Michaelagelo’s David as well as countless other statues and structures during Roman times.  These marbles are still quarried and shipped around the world.  The images show active and ancient quarries that can be visited today.

Carrara Marble Quarries

The Apuan Alps near Carrara are littered with quarries.

Carrara Marble Quarries
Carrara Marble Quarries

Carrara Marble Quarries

The Apuan Alps near Carrara are littered with quarries.

Carrara Marble Quarries
Carrara Marble Quarries

Carrara Marble Quarries

The Apuan Alps near Carrara are littered with quarries.

Carrara Marble Quarries
Carrara Marble Quarries

Carrara Marble Quarries

The Apuan Alps near Carrara are littered with quarries.

Carrara Marble Quarries
Carrara Marble Quarries

Carrara Marble Quarries

Operations at a Carrara quarry.

Carrara Marble Quarries
Carrara Marble Quarries

Limestone Quarries

Limestone and the related rocks dolomite and travertine are quarried throughout the world.  Limestone quarries typically extract large quarry blocks which are then sawn and/or broken down into a great variety of products.

Limestone Quarry

Limestone blocks are outlined with a track drill. They are then broken out in large rectangular blocks.

Limestone Quarry
Limestone Quarry

Indiana Limestone Quarry

Indiana Limestone is quarried in large blocks which are then processed into finished products.

Indiana Limestone Quarry
Indiana Limestone Quarry

Indiana Limestone Quarry

Indiana Limestone is quarried in large blocks which are then processed into finished products.

Indiana Limestone Quarry
Indiana Limestone Quarry

Abandoned Limestone Quarry

Water is usually pumped from limestone quarries during quarrying operations. When abandoned, they commonly fill with groundwater.

Abandoned Limestone Quarry
Abandoned Limestone Quarry

Granite Quarries

Granites, along with related crystalline igneous and metamorphic rocks, are quarried throughout the world, particularly in China and India.  Granites are typically quarried in large blocks which are then sawn down into everything from countertops to building stones.

Granite Quarry

Rock of Ages quarry in Barre, Vermont.

Granite Quarry
Granite Quarry

Granite Quarry

Lifting a 50-ton block at Rock of Ages in Barre, Vermont.

Granite Quarry
Granite Quarry

Granite

Drilling and splitting a granite block.

Granite
Granite

Granite Quarry

Abandoned quarries in Barre, Vermont.

Granite Quarry
Granite Quarry

Granite Quarry

Abandoned quarry in Barre, Vermont.

Granite Quarry
Granite Quarry

Granite

Abandoned blocks near Barre, Vermont.

Granite
Granite

Granite

Abandoned blocks near Barre, Vermont.

Granite
Granite

Granite

Abandoned blocks near Barre, Vermont.

 Granite
 Granite

Granite Quarry

Splitting drilled blocks at a granite quarry.

Granite Quarry
Granite Quarry

Granite Quarry

Granite quarry blocks ready for processing.

Granite Quarry
Granite Quarry

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