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List of Quarries in Arkansas & Quarry Links, Photographs and Articles
- Map - Map Showing Slate Area of Arkansas
|Plate VIII (From Slate Deposits and Slate Industry of the United States, Bulletin No. 275, 1906)
- Map - Sketch Map Showing Location of Slate Deposits of Montgomery and Polk Counties, Arkansas.
|Plate IX (From Slate Deposits and Slate Industry of the United States, Bulletin No. 275, 1906.
(The following list of Arkansas quarries is not a complete list of all of the historical quarries in the state, only the ones I have been able to locate. If you know of more historical quarries in Arkansas, please contact me. Peggy B. Perazzo)
- Quarries in Arkansas (present-day companies), listed on Superyellowpages.com.
- Arkansas Lime Company Collection. The company records for this company are available in the Lyon College Special Collections, Regional Studies Center, Regional Studies Center, Mabee-Simpson Library, Lyon College, P.O. Box 2317, Batesville, AR 72503-2317; (870) 698-4330.
Information About the Arkansas Lime Company and the Collection:
“Founded near Cushman, Independence County, Arkansas, in 1906, the Arkansas Lime Company began as the Young Lime Company. The name was later changed to the Case-Young Lime Company the following year. George Case and his son Junius Case controlled the company at that time, and they incorporated the company as the Arkansas Lime Company in 1910. In 1924 George Weigart, a mining engineer, recommended that the firm be relocated to a site west of Batesville at Limedale, where the company was located in 2002. The company name was changed to Batesville White Lime Company. Control of the company changed again in the 1930s when it came under the control of investors located outside of the area. The Batesville White Lime Company became a subsidiary of Rangaire Corporation of Texas in 1962 at which time it was merged with two other local lime companies. The company was named the Arkansas Lime Company in 2002, and it was a subsidiary of the United States Lime and Materials of Dallas, Texas.”
- Batesville, Arkansas – Marble Samples in the Nist Test Wall. This marble is described as Motteled gray and white, fine grain, calcite. There are two samples: the first sample is the archive photograph and the other is a photograph of the stone in the NIST Stone Test Wall sponsored by the National Park Service.
- Batesville, Arkansas – Pfeiffer’s Stone Quarry near Batesville, Arkansas (colorized postcard photograph; J. P. Morrow, Sole Agent, Importer and Publisher, Batesville Ark.; Made in Germany)
|Pfeiffer’s Stone Quarry near Batesville, Arkansas (postcard photograph, J. P. Morrow, Sole Agent, Importer and Publisher, Batesville, Arkanas, Made in Germany)
- Batesville, Arkansas – Pfeiffer’s Stone Quarry Near Batesville, Arkansas (colorized postcard photograph; J. P. Morrow, Importer, Batesville, Ark., Made in Germany; postmark 1909)
|Pfeiffer’s Stone Quarry near Batesville, Arkansas (postcard photograph, J. P. Morrow, Importer, Batesville, Arkansas; postmark 1909)
- Batesville, Independence County, Arkansas – the Oren McBride Stone Quarries (Dimension Stone) 2340 O'Neal Road, Batesville, AR 72501; (501) 793-7285.
- Independence County, Arkansas - Oran McBride Stone Co. Limestone, Marble, and Sandstone Quarries. In 1995 Oran McBride Stone Co. owned three limestone, marble, and sandstone quarries in Independence County. At that time the headquarters was in Batesville, Arkansas. (From United States Geological Survey, "Mineral Industries Surveys - Directory of Principal Dimension Stone Producers in the United States in 1995," prepared in January 1997.)
- Batesville, Independence County, Arkansas - Present-Day Commercial Marble Operations (From Arkansas Geological Commission) "Most current mining operations of commercial marble in Arkansas are located near Batesville, Independence County."
- Bauxite (near), Arkansas – Xenolith in Nepheline Syenite Quarry in the vicinity Benton (near Bauxite, Arkansas on part of an area of old bauxite mines)
- Beaver (near), Arkansas (limestone quarry), presented by Eureka Springs Tourist Center.
Beaver, Arkansas – the Eureka Springs Stone Co. Quarry (present-day company) (Limestone)
- “Carrying on the tradition of Arkansas Limestone,” by Jennifer Adams, May 1, 2013, Article on the Stone World web site.
“With a history dating back to the 1800s, the Ozark Southern Stone quarry in Beaver, AR, has produced limestone for classic structures in the area and continues to supply current projects across the U.S…..”
(Photo captions) “The Ozark Southern Stone quarry was originally established as the Eureka Stone Co. in 1883 by Benjamin J. Rosewater. In 2007, it was bought by Lowell and Debra Johnson, who continue to run it today.” “The site spans 30 acres and produces four varieties of limestone: Navajo Cream, Variegated, Sky Blue and Southern Blend.” “The stone extraction process involves drilling holes every 8 to 10 inches, depending on the layer. “We pour in a product called Dexpan, which is a non-explosive agent,” explained Lowell Johnson. ‘It expands and does not shock the rest of the rock. We have 90% usable rock, unlike blasting which fractures a lot of stone.’” “On average, the limestone blocks extracted from the quarry weigh between 7,000 to 8,000 pounds.” “Once blocks are extracted, they are used for a host of stone products. In this picture, a quarry worker is sizing the stone for natural steps.” “Minimizing its waste material, the company makes products out of its overburden.” “Limestone blocks are split into veneer with a Stone Mason from Cee-Jay Tool Co., Inc.” Among Ozark Southern Stone’s recent projects was the Planner Hill Park and Ride where its Southern Blend with a split finish was used.” “This wall was built with the Navajo Cream variety and hand pitched.”
- Belle Point, Arkansas, Stone Quarry, presented by the Fort Smith National Historic Site. After Congress authorized reoccupation and enlargement of the post at Fort Smith, a stone quarry was opened at Belle Point.
- Berryville, Arkansas – Carroll County Stone-Quarry (Dimension Stone) Highway 62 E, Berryville AR 72616; (501) 423-6569.
- Blue Springs, Arkansas - The Old Coleman Quartz Crystal Mine, presented by Ron Coleman Mining, Inc. (This web site is currently under construction - February 2004.)
- Eureka Springs (near), Arkansas – Limestone, sandstone, granite and marble quarries near Eureka Springs. “The City of Eureka Springs” This site is presented by the City of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. (The following quote is used with permission of the City of Eureka Springs.)
“Brick and stone, particularly limestone, sandstone, granite and marble quarried from the surrounding vicinity, were now included in the construction fabric...Granite and limestone walls were used to terrace the hillsides for construction and landscaping.”
- Fayetteville, Benton County, Arkansas - the McClinton Anchor Company (Dimension Stone) P.O. Box 1367, Fayetteville, AR 72701.
- Fayetteville, Arkansas – R. A. Thomassen Stone Quarries (The following information is from the section “Stone Trade News” in Stone: An Illustrated Magazine Devoted to Stone, Marble, Granite, Slate, Cement, Contracting and Building, Vol. XXIV, No..1, January, 1902, Stone Publishing Co., New York, pp. 66.)
R. A. Thomassen, who has been operating stone quarries near Fayetteville, Ark., for the past 15 years, has received many orders for stone and expects a large increase of business in the spring.
- Flippin, Arkansas - Rock Quarry used to supply Rock to Build Bull Shoals on White River.
- The Bull Shoals Dam, of Bull Shoals Dam, by Glenn Johnson in OzarksWatch, 1996 (photographs and history) There was a seven-mile-long conveyer belt used to carry crushed rock from a quarry near Flippin, Arkansas, to the Dam site. The rock quarry was located on the Wilson farm on Lee's Mountain.
- Flippin (?), Arkansas – Conveyor Belt at Quarry, seven miles from Bull Shoal’s Dam, Ark. (postcard photograph, #94; mid-1900s; unmailed)
|Conveyor Belt at Quarry, seven miles from Bull Shoal’s Dam, Ark. (postcard photograph, #94)
- Flippin (?), Arkansas - Conveyor Belt at Quarry, seven miles from Bull Shoal’s Dam, Ark. (postcard photograph, #96; mid-1900s; unmailed)
|Conveyor Belt at Quarry, seven miles from Bull Shoal’s Dam, Ark. (postcard photograph, #96)
- Foreman, Little River County, Arkansas – Ark La Limestone Corporation (Aggregates/Crushed Stone) P.O. Box 70, Foreman, AR 71836.
- Fort Smith, Arkansas - the Fort Smith Marble Co. The following information is from The Monumental News, August, 1895, Vol. 7, No. 8, Chicago, Illinois, pp. 521.
“New Firms. Fort Smith Marble Co., Fort Smith, Ark., have recently filed articles of incorporation. Capital $200,000.”
- Fulton County, Arkansas - Aggregates/Crushed Stone
- (1) Joyce Brothers Quarry, P.O. Box 958, Salem, AR 72576; and (2) Twin Lakes Quarries, Inc., P.O. Box 705, Mountain Home, AR 72653.
- Garland County, Arkansas - Marvin Wright Whetstone (Whetstones) 5403 Ryan Loop Road, Texarkana, TX 75501.
- Hackett, Sebastian County, Arkansas - the Hackett Stone (Dimension Stone) Route 1 Box 99, Hackett, AR 72937.
- Hatton, Arkansas – Meridian Quarry Black Rock (Dimension Stone) 323 Polk 15, Hatton, AR 71946; (501) 385-2301.
- Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas - the Blue Mountain Whetstone Company, 105 Haw, Hot Springs, AR 71901.
- Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas – Clyde Dickson Quarry (Aggregates/Crushed Stone) 3014 N. Hwy 71, Hot Springs, AR 71901.
- Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas - Dan's Whetstone Company, Inc. (Whetstones) 130 Timbs Place, Hot Springs, AR 71913.
- Hot Springs (near), Arkansas - the Quartz Crystal Mines and Novaculite (Whetstone) Quarries (From Mining and Mineral Operations in the United States: A Visitor’s Guide, by Staff, Bureau of Mines, Area Mineral Resource Offices, U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, 1967, pp. 8-9.)
“Quartz crystal mines and novaculite (whetstone) quarries are found in the vicinity of Hot Springs. Maps and guidebooks of the area are available at the National Park Service office in Hot Springs. Good-quality novaculite once produced most of our whetstones. Even today (circa 1967) when synthetic abrasives are in common use, special tools and fine surgical instruments are often sharpened on novaculite. Historians report that the first hone stone was quarried near Magnet Cove prior to 1818.”
- Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas - Smith's Abrasives, Inc. (Whetstones and/or Oilstones) 1500 Sleepy Valley Road, Hot Springs, AR 71901.
- Independence County, Arkansas – Aggregates/Crushed Stone
- (1) Arkansas Lime Company, P.O. Box 177, Cleburne, TX 76031; (2) Limestone Specialties, Inc., P.O. Box 3199, Batesville, AR 72501; (3) Meridian Aggregate, Inc., P.O. Box 260, Black Rock, AR 72415; and (4) Midwest Lime Company, P.O. Box 2608, Batesville, AR 72503.
- Independence County, Arkansas - the Arkansas Lime Company, P.O. Box 177, Cleburne, TX 76031.
- Independence County, Arkansas – the Pfeiffer Stone Company – “Kruegers of The Pfeiffer Stone Company,” by Wilson Powell, The Independence County Chronicle 15 (July 1974): 13 - 35.
- Indian Mountain, Arkansas – Novaculite Quarries, presented by the article "Indian Mountain, Across from Gulpha Gorge An Asset of the Caddo Indians," by Dr. Rando Ph.D. of Wit on the Hot Springs National Park web site. The novaculite in these quarries range from white to grayish-black in color. (A map is included on this web site.) You can view a photograph of one of the Novaculite sites in the article "House on the Ricks Estate (Fordyce)," photos courtesy of Rodney Harrell. (Scroll down to the novaculite quarry site photograph.)
- Little Rock, Arkansas – Granite Mountain Quarries (Dimension Stone) Sweet Home, Little Rock, AR 72206; (501) 490-1535.
- Logan County, Arkansas – Aggregates/Crushed Stone
- (1) Arkansas Native Stone, Route 1, New Blaine, AR 72851; (2) Logan County Building Stone Company, P. O. Box 169, Paris, AR 72855.
- Malvern, Hot Spring County, Arkansas – Magnet Cove Stone Company Quarry, Robert D. Parker, Proprietor (Whetstones and/or Oilstones) (present-day company / photographs and history on the web site) 23750 Highway 51, Malvern, AR 72104.
According to the owner and operator, Robert D. Parker:
“Arkansas is a natural state, with beautiful hills and countrysides. Magnet Cove Stone is located on land homesteaded in 1836 and it is a privilege to invite you to share in a portion of our Family History. Robert D. Parker is the proprietor and quarry master of Magnet Cove Stone.
“Magnet Cove, Arkansas in Hot Spring County located on Highway 270-B is the home of the largest known deposit of Novaculite in the world. Its commercial use is primarily in the industrial finishing and honing of metal tools and instruments. Magnet Cove Stone offers (4) different grades of stones to choose from all found in one quarry!”
- “Marble Falls” today known as “Dogpatch,” Newton County – the Washington Monument Marble Quarry (photograph and history) This site, presented on The Arkansas Roadside Travelogue, offers a lot of information on Marble Falls area and the two stones contributed by the local quarries to the Washington Monument in Washington, D. C. The older photograph of the memorial below on the right was contributed by Russell T. Johnson. The most recent photograph on the left was contributed by Abby Burnett. (If you have any information about the exact location of the place from which the stone was taken, please contact me. Peggy B. Perazzo.)
Memorial to the Arkansas stone contributed to the Washington Monument (Photograph by Abby Burnett)
Washington Monument Marble Quarry monument (Photograph by Russell T. Johnson)
- Mena (East of), Polk County, Arkansas - the American Slate Company’s Slate Quarry (from Slate: It’s Products and Interests, Vol. 1, No. 3, August 1910, pp. 11)
“The American Company is putting in new hoisting machinery and also erecting mill machinery, which was hauled from the Atlas Slate Company’s mill.
“One piece of the machinery, the polishing bed, is an iron disk twelve feet in diameter and four inches thick. This is estimated to weigh close to ten tons, or 20,000 pounds. It will be placed on a big log wagon with horses sufficient attached to draw it over the hills.”
- Mena, Arkansas – the Atlas Slate Company (The following information is from the section “The Slate Trade” in Stone: An Illustrated Magazine Devoted to Stone, Marble, Granite, Slate, Cement, Contracting and Building, Vol. XXIV, No.1, January, 1902, Stone Publishing Co., New York, pp. 74.)
The Atlas Slate Company, of Mena, Ark., will try the experiment of putting out red slate “black” boards for schools. The company claims that the red color will be easier on the eyes of the pupils than black. The Arkansas slate has excellent cleavage.
- Mena (east of), Polk County, Arkansas - National Slate Company’s Slate Quarry Opening circa 1910 (from Slate: It’s Products and Interests, Vol. 1, No. 3, August 1910, pp. 11)
“In Arkansas another slate quarry has been opened in Polk County on property owned by the National Slate Company. It is situated near the American Slate Company’s property, fifteen miles east of Mena.
“The National Slate Company was organized last February and has both Kansas City and New York capital.
“F. R. and Addison Madeira, of Kansas City, recently inspected the property along with D. W. carter, the manager, and it was after this visit that the work was decided upon.”
- Mena, Arkansas – the South Western Slate Co. Plant (The following information is from the section “The Slate Trade” in Stone: An Illustrated Magazine Devoted to Stone, Marble, Granite, Slate, Cement, Contracting and Building, Vol. XXIV, No.1, January, 1902, Stone Publishing Co., New York, pp. 74.)
The plant of the South Western Slate Co., at Mena, Ark., is now ready for operation and several orders for structural slate have been received and accepted.
- Morrilton, Arkansas - Hodge & Jones. The following information is from The Monumental News, August, 1895, Vol. 7, No. 8, Chicago, Illinois, pp. 521.
“New Firms. Hodge & Jones is the name of a firm who recently commenced business at Morrilton, Ark. ”
- Mountain Home, Arkansas – Baxter County Quarry (Dimension Stone) Arkana Road, Mountain Home, AR 72653; (501) 491-5791.
- Mountain Home, Baxter County, Arkansas – Twin Lakes Quarry, Inc. (Aggregates/Crushed Stone) Mountain Home, AR 72653.
- Onia, Stone County, Arkansas - the Caston Stone (Dimension Stone) 2422 Fairview Road, Onia, AR 72663.
- Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas – 1000 Year Old Mine – Prehistoric Novaculite Quarries in the Ouachita Mountains (photographs and history), presented on the Ouachita
National Forest in Arkansas and Oklahoma. More information is available in “Minerals on the Ouachita National Forest,” by John C. Nichols, Forest Geologist. (There are sections included on Novoculite and Slate.)
- Ouachita National Forest (near), Montgomery County – the
“Blue Hole” Quarry (reportedly Slate) (today
an informal swimming hole) (Note: This is probably
not the original quarry name but a name used today for the
This water-filled quarry is located in the Ouachita National
Forest west of NF99. There are many photographs of this quarry
available on web sites such as Flickr, Google
etc. You can view
the location of this quarry swimming hole on Google Maps.
On the SwimmingHoles.info
web site, you will
find a couple of photos of the quarry swimming hole and directions
how to get to the quarry using unpaved roads.
- Ozark, Arkansas – Bennett Gaylon Stone Co. Inc. (Dimension Stone) Highway 96, Ozark AR 72949; (501) 667-3417.
- Ozark, Arkansas – Chrisman Ready Mix Inc Rock Quarry (Dimension Stone) Route 1, Ozark AR 72949; 501-667-2206.
- Paris, Logan County, Arkansas - the Logan County Building Stone Co. (Dimension Stone) P.O. Box 169, Paris, AR 72855.
- Paris, Logan County, Arkansas - the Sunset Stone Company (Dimension Stone) Route 1, Paris, AR 72855.
- Paris, Logan County, Arkansas - the Swartz Stone Company (Dimension Stone) P.O. Box 169, Paris, AR 72855.
- Pearcy, Garland County, Arkansas - Poorboy Whetstones, Route 2 Box 510B, Pearcy, AR 71964.
- Pulaski County, Arkansas – Aggregates/Crushed Stone
- (1) Granite Mountain Quarries, P.O. Box 89, Sweet Home, AR 72164; and (2) Little Rock Quarry Company, Inc., P.O. Box 548, Benton, AR 72015.
- Quarry Mt., Hot Spring County, Arkansas – Sutton Quarries (Novaculite) This web site is presented by minedat.com.
- Ratcliff, Arkansas – Ratcliff Quarry (Dimension Stone) 725 Rock Quarry Road, Ratcliff, AR 72951; (501) 635-2288.
- Royal, Garland County, Arkansas - B & C Abrasives (Whetstones and/or Oilstones) 6616 Albert Pike Road, Royal, AR 71968.
- Scranton, Arkansas – Logan County Bldg Stone Co. Inc. (Dimension Stone) Highway 109, Scranton AR 72863; (501) 938-2317.
- Slatington, Montgomery County, Arkansas – Southwestern
Slate Company Quarry (Slate) (from The Slates
by A. H. Purdue, The Geological Survey of Arkansas, 1909.
|Plate V. 2. One of the South
Quarries. Southwestern Slate Co., Slatington, pp.
Plate VI. 1. Plant of
the Southwestern Slate Company, Slatington, Arkansas,
| Plate VII. 2. Block of red
slate from North Quarry, Southwestern Slate Company,
- Subiaco, Logan County, Arkansas - the Quality Stone Company (Dimension Stone) Route 1 Box 241, Subiaco, AR 72865.
- Vilonia, Arkansas – L & R Quarries Inc. (Dimension Stone) 357 Highway 319 E, Vilonia AR 72173; (501) 796-2126.
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