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Stone Imported into California during the late 1800’s

There were not a lot of commercial stone quarries operating in California in the latter half of the 1800’s, so cemetery stones or blocks of stone were imported from Vermont, Georgia, Tennessee, and Italy for use as buildings and cemetery markers in California prior to California marble and granite quarries becoming widely available.

Granite was imported from Vermont and Scotland, but it was not easily cut or carved until the invention of the steam-driven equipment, such as the pneumatic drills and steam-powered saws. With the creation of these powered pieces of equipment, many men in the stone industry lost their jobs.


Stone Imported into California from the Eastern U.S. States

The following postcard photographs are of quarries located in states in the east coast which sent stone to California.

Interior of Marble Quarry at West Rutland, Vermont (postcard photo)

Interior of Marble Quarry at West Rutland, Vermont

Wells-Lamson Granite Quarry, Barre, Vermont (postcard photo)

Wells-Lamson Granite Quarry, Barre, Vermont

Oglesby Granite Quarry in Elberton, Georgia (postcard photo)

Oglesby Granite Quarry in Elberton, Georgia

Marble Quarry near Knoxville, Tennessee (postcard photo)

Marble Quarry near Knoxville, Tennessee


Stone Imported from Italy to the United States

This engraving is a marble quarry at Carrara, Italy, from a late 1800’s magazine article.

Marble Quarries of Ravaccione, at Carrara, Italy (engraving, late 1800s)

Marble Quarries of Ravaccione, at Carrara, Italy

Stone imported from Scotland to the United States

This is an engraving of the Rubislaw Granite Quarry, Aberdeenshire, from a sketch by S. Read, in The Illustrated London News, April 20, 1862, pp. 410.

Rubislaw Granite Quarry, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (1862 engraving)

Rubislaw Granite Quarry, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

 

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