(The following list of Arizona 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 Arizona, please contact me. Peggy B. Perazzo).
Following is a partial list of the Contents of Stone In Arizona: (III) General: History, Present uses, Industry economic status, Exploration, and Production and values; (IV) Resources: (A) Sandstone: Geology and area extent, Coconino sandstone, Structure, Composition and physical character, Production, Shipping, Costs, Specifications, products, trends in use, Problems, Moenkopi formation, DeChelly sandstone; (B) Marble: Geology and areal extent, Composition and physical character, Production, products, shipping, and costs, Specifications and trends, Problems; (C) Tuff: Terminology and general geology, Character of representative deposits, Production, and Problems; (D) Granite; (E) Slate; (F) Limestone; (G) Schist; (H) Miscellaneous stone: Rhyolite and porphyry, Basalt and scoria, Travertine, tufa, and onyx marble, Quartzite and quartz, Jasper, Copper stained rock, Magnesite, Serpentine; (V) Available Stone - Land Status and Acquisition of Mining Rights; (VI) Transportation & Freight Rates: Railroads and Trucking; (VII) Labor Market; (VIII) Depletion Allowance, Taxes, and Insurance; (IX) Potential; (X) Glossary; (XI) Annotated Bibliography; (XII) Agencies Concerned with Stone Industry; Map - Showing quarry sites and major transportation routes.)
“…Another deposit (of rhyolite) west of Alamos Springs in Yuma County is prized for the halo bands of salmon-pink to red in a light gray back-ground….”
(1) Francis Day & Sons, Richville Pit/Aggregates (employed 2) and (2) Town of Eager, quarried aggregates at various mine sites (employed 1).
The photograph captions on pp. 24 state: “White marble quarry.” “Crushed marble plant.” “New quarry opened for crushed white marble.”
A A Quarry, employed 1.
Cinnamon Quarry, employed 4.
Fitzgerald Quarry, employed 2.
"The sandstone quarried around Ash Fork is on many of the most notable buildings in the country and world."
All of the following locations are involved in the Dunbar Stone Co. quarrying and preparation of flag stone and/or dimension stone.
Armstrong Rose, employed 6.
Billy 1 and Billy 2, employed 3.
Blue Jay Quarry, employed 3.
Horner Quarry, Ash Fork, employed 3.
Roeder Quarry, employed 5.
Yellow Buck Quarry, Ash Fork, employed 3.
The Stoneworld Company manages the operation of twelve quarries at Ash Fork, Arizona, which it produces eight colors of Arizona Flagstone.
Quarry Division (includes photographs of quarries, etc.) On the Stoneworld Company web site, they describe their Arizona stone as follows:
“Flagstone - We produce Arizona Flagstone in eight different colors….”“Onyx - Our Onyx quarry, located about an hour north of Phoenix in Mayer, Arizona, produces two colors of onyx. Grand Canyon Onyx, with brown, red, white and green, and Black Canyon Onyx, with black, gray, dark brown and white. Originally used as interior ornamentation for Ford Motor Co., it closed during the Great Depression, and laid dormant for over 70 years.”
Apache Quarry, employed 4.
Big Red Quarry, employed 2.
Santa Cruz Quarry, employed 3.
Upper Red Quarry, employed 5.
The Arizona Marble Company marble quarry located near Bowie in 2011. Photo taken by Ernie Parks and used with permission.
This very good write-up presents the history of the Arizona Marble Company along with many great photos – both old and new – so that you can see what the quarry looked like in recent years. Ernie Parks’ introduction begins with the following excerpt from his web site:
“The old Arizona Marble Mining Company quarry is located in the northwestern corner of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona. The company started up in 1909 and was in full operation shortly thereafter. An article published in a 1913 issue of Mine and Quarry magazine provides some insight into the quarry operation during those early years….”
Sample 1 of marble reportedly found at the old Arizona Marble Company Quarry located in the northwestern corner of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona
Sample 2 of marble reportedly found at the old Arizona Marble Company Quarry located in the northwestern corner of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona
Sample 3 of marble reportedly found at the old Arizona Marble Company Quarry located in the northwestern corner of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona
“Near Cave Creek in Maricopa County, greenish and yellowish onyx with veins of brown and red is deposited in intimate association with basalt. Although of fine quality, only relatively small pieces may be removed due to shattering by volcanics.”
“We are a family owned and operated flagstone mining operation in Chino Valley Arizona.
“Over 20 years ago we began quarrying and supplying quality flagstone to hundreds of stone dealers in all parts of the United States….”
“Cornerstone Materials LLC is a new company name with over 20 years experience in quarrying, fabricating and distributing Arizona Sandstone. Don Blaser (previous owner of American Sandstone for nearly 20 years) purchased his largest quarry back and hired all his previous employees back after the company he sold it to, was closing it down after only 4 years. We are once again a family owned and operated business….”
This marble quarry, reportedly one of the “one of the largest deposits of marble in the country,” was decried in the article, “Marble Quarrying in Arizona” (in PDF format). When the article was written in 1910, the color of the marble quarried was “white, with pronounced dark veinings, and a predominating flesh tint.” Prominent buildings constructed with this marble were: The First National Bank Building, Denver, Colo., and the bank buildings at Champaign, Ill., and Missoula, Montana. The location of the 1909/1910 deposit was described as follows: “The deposit now being worked is 14 miles from Olga Station, the shipping point (eight miles from Bowie), on the Southern Pacific Railway, and the last three miles of this distance are in the mountains.”
(1) Ashton Company, Various mine sites PC #2 (employed 17); (2) F N F Mining Co., A division of F N F Construction, operated a portable crusher (employed 20); (3) L. Sheldon & Company, Tombstone (employed 2); (4) Maddux & Sons, Inc., ADEQ 4052-94 Equipment #002 (employed 7); (5) Texas Canyon Rock & Sand (employed 4); (6) United Metro Materials, Plate 229 Sierra Vista (employed 8); (7) Young Block Co., Inc., Sierra Vista Sand Pit (employed 5).
"Located in Southeastern Arizona, Cross Spear Marble, Inc. (CSM) is located near the Chiricaua National Monument and the Fort Bowie National Historic Site on privately owned ranch. The working cattle ranch has been in operation since the 1880's. The quarry spans over 50 acres and contains five distinct veins of various colored marble and limestone. Once the marble and limestone are extracted from the quarry, CSM is capable of producing various sizes of rock for multiple customer needs.
"The Cross Spear Mine is an excellent deposit of marble and marbleized limestone along the western foothills of the historic Chiricahua mountains of southeastern Arizona.
"The deposit is extensive and contains several colors. It is on land owned by the Riggs family, long time ranchers in Willcox, Arizona.
"In the days when Apache Indians roamed the area, it is said that the famed Apache Chief, Cochise, stood on a mountain just above where the mine is located, noted the two canyons below crossed and he said they resembled a "cross spear." The mining venture took its name from this and became Cross Spear Marble, Inc.
"The deposit is mined by simple open pit methods. The marble is crushed and then sized with screens. Sizes range from boulders to nearly sand, depending upon what the customer wants. Several colors are available: white, natural red, gray, green, and black.
"A principle application of Cross Spear Marble products is stone for decorative landscaping. Another application is for compacted road surfacing. Future products include marble slabs, tile, terrazzo, and other high-end marble applications."
Cochise County, Arizona – Cross Spear Marble, Inc. Cross Spear Marble Quarry (present-day company) At the time of the report noted below for the year 2000, this company operated a marble quarry in Cochise County and employed 3 people at that quarry. (From Eighty-Ninth Annual Report For the Year 2000, Douglas K. Martin, Office of the Arizona State Mine Inspector.)
(1) Arizona Department of Transportation, Kolberg WO15 (employed 4); (2) C. S. McCrossan, Inc., PE 127 and portable equipment (employed 6); (3) J. R. Excavating Company, J. R. Aggregate Plant (employed 4); (4) United Metro Materials, Plant #337 / Gray Mountain (employed 7).
Apache Quarry, employed 1.
Coconino Quarry, employed 7.
Golden Buckskin-Drake, employed 4.
Mills Quarry, employed 71.
Santa Cruz Quarry, employed 8.
Black Cat Quarry, employed 13.
Appletree Quarries – Drake, employed 39.
Mary Lee Quarry – Drake, employed 9.
Nine Strike Quarry – Drake / Chi Chi, employed 8.
Oak Quarries – Ash Fork, employed 5.
Oak SW ¼ T23N, S 29, employed 5.
Red Quarry – Ash Fork, employed 2.
Red SW ¼, T 23N, R 3W, S 29, employed 4.
Bacon & Beans Quarry, employed 2.
Cucomunga Quarry, employed 6.
Jericho Quarry, employed 2.
Rock 2 Quarry, employed 2.
Above House Quarry, employed 4.
Million & Buff Grind Stone / Above House, employed 1.
Rosa Grind Stone, employed 1.
Rosa Quarry – Drake, employed 1.
Ferno Quarry, employed 2.
Hells Bells Quarry, employed 1.
John Brown Quarry, employed 14.
Paradise, employed 2.
The writer describes the area as being on public land as “a cluster of small, abandoned marble quarries on the north slope of the Dragoon Mountains.” (He gives directions how to get to the abandoned quarries.) He describes the history of the quarries as:
“History: In 1909 marble was discovered in a canyon on the north slope of the Dragoon Mountains, just a few miles from the town of Dragoon. The claim, situated atop a slice of metamorphosed Mississippian Escabrosa Limestone, did not produce until 1953. Small scale mining by Ligier-Arizona Marble Quarries, Inc, and its successor, Dragoon Marble Quarries, continued as late as 1981, mostly producing marble for landscaping purposes.”
He describes what is left of the marble quarries as first finding a small white pit. Later in the hike he saw a “loading structure” and even further on he describes: “There are several pits here, where sparkling snow white and pale grey marble was removed from the earth.”
Buildings still remain which were constructed with red sandstone quarried nearby.
(1) Dalmolin Excavating, B H P Pinto Valley (employed 6); (2) Gradeline Construction, Inc., Young Plant (employed 3); (3) Granite Construction Company, Portable Crusher #1717 (employed 6); (4) Payson Concrete & Materials, Crushing Plant (employed 3), Old Tonto Pit (employed 4), and Payson Plant (employed 2); (5) Tonto Redi-Mix, Inc., Tonto Pit #1 (employed 4); (6) United Metro Materials, Plant #602 Bixby Rd., Nugget Pit (employed 10), Plant 601 (employed 3); (7) United Metro Materials, Inc. (formerly Guzman Materials), Globe Plant (employed 20); (8) United Metro Materials Inc. (formerly Guzman Materials), Nugget Wash Plant (employed 20).
“Excellent deposits of multi-colored onyx are located approximately 20 miles north of Globe, Gila County. 3000,000 to ½ million tons of gross material are estimated to be available with substantial portion useable or recoverable. As much as 17 different colors of banded, crenulated, and veined material are reported. In places, the bands and crenulations are fine and tight. Elsewhere, massive white and ivory colored onyx with fine veins is present. Production consists largely of intermittent, surface work over the past two years. It is believed that consistent colors and patterns can be quarried in large saw blocks; the stone contains some vugs that appear firm. What work has been done indicates relatively little fracturing in the rock and one bed is 20 feet hick over a considerable distance….”
“…in the Sierra Ancha District north of Globe, Gila County, a hard, banded ribbon slate is reported. It is said to be banded in dark shades of red, gray, and purple.”
(1) W. A. Morris Sand & Gravel, Phelps Dodge Morenci (employed 15); (2) Oakcreek Contracting, Inc., Old Virden Highway Pit (employed 2); (3) Tipton Contracting, Tipton (employed 3).
“Deposits of tuff are numerous in Arizona…The range in area of deposits that have been worked is from Kingman to south of Wendon on the west, and from north of Holbrook on the east to the southeast corner of the state….” According to this article, early Arizona settlers used the tuff as “an insulation from severe heat and cold.”
(1) Ashton Company, Portable Crusher #19750 PC #1 (employed 5); and (2) La Paz County Public Works, Cibola Pit - ADEQ 100981 (employed 6).
(1) A & A Materials, Inc., A & A Screening Plant, Apache Junction (employed 3); (2) Ajax Sand & Rock, 51st Avenue (Ajax Contracting) (employed 3); (3) Cemex U S A (formerly Sunward Materials), Sun City Plant #77 (employed 18), El Mirage (employed 2), Lehi Plant (employed 3), Plant #71 (Mesa) (employed 30), Sun City Plant #67 (employed 10), West Plant #72 (employed 22); (4) F N F Mining Co., a division of F N F Construction, 79-03 (employed 5); (5) Hanson Aggregates of Arizona (formerly Pioneer Concrete), San Domingo/aggragate (sic), Wickenburg (employed 1; (6) Kilauea Crushers, Plant 2 / Jomax Plant (employed 3); (7) Mesa Materials, Inc., Mesa Plant (employed 25) and Sun Materials Plant #2 (employed 15); (8) New West Materials, PC #2 (employed 10), Portable Crusher #3 (employed 4), West Phoenix (employed 12); (9) Phoenix San Man, Goodyear Plant #13 (employed 4); (10) Quackenbush Construction Corp., Parker Mine (employed 2); (11) Rainbow Enterprises, 75th Avenue Pit and plant No. 2 (employed 2); (12) Salt River Sand and Rock, Beeline Plant #1 (employed 32), Dobson Plant (employed 144), Glendale Plant (employed 15), Higley Road Plant (employed 28), Sun City Plant (employed 28); (13) South West Sand & Gravel, Inc., South West Sand & Gravel Pit (employed 7); (14) Southwest Rock Products, Queen Creek (employed 2); (15) Sun State Rock & Materials, Plant 1, 115th and Beardsley (employed 29), Plant 6, North Central Avenue (employed 4); (16) Sun Valley Mining Company (aka Superstition Crushing), various locations (employed 6); (17) Superstition Crushing, L L C, # 18 (employed 6), #22 (employed 5), PC #17 (employed 6), Portable 11 / #21 (employed 5); (18) T. R. P. L. L. C., Plant #1 & #2 (employed 5); (19) United Metro Materials, Plant 113 / Cave Creek & Peak View Rd. (employed 1), Plant #106, employed 8, UM Plant 111/3640 S 19th Ave. (employed 39), UM Plant 112 (employed 5), UM Plant 2 / Beeline & McDowell (employed 5); (20) Vulcan Materials, CalMat Div., Phoenix Plant #32 (employed 20), Plant 12 - Sun City (employed 36), Plant 24 - Litchfield (employed 22).
“Near Mayer, Yavapai County, considerable onyx has been produced.* It is white and pale green in places, but the deposit contains much amber, brown, and yellow stone. Several openings have been made in a deposit that covers about one quarter of a square mile. In one place, a large open pit, approximately 40 feet across, has been excavated exposing onyx on three sides; beds here vary from an inch to more than 10 feet thick, and are reported to be more than 20 feet thick elsewhere. The beds are also wavy and irregular. Adits have been dug more than 10 feet into the vertical walls of the pit.”
(* 26 Wilson, Eldrid D. and Roseveare, George H. “Arizona Nonmetallics.” Ariz. Bur. Mines Bulleting 155, 149. Brief summary of stone activity in Arizona immediately after World War II.)
“Since 1998, Stoneworld Company has grown from the four original quarries to over eighteen quarries today (2013). With quarries in northern Arizona (for our Sandstone and Flagstone), New Mexico for our Travertine, and Mayer, Arizona for our Arizona Onyx, we can supply our products direct from our own quarries....”
“Onyx – Our Onyx quarry, located about an hour north of Phoenix in Mayer, Arizona, produces two colors of onyx. Grand Canyon Onyx, with brown, red, white and green, and Black Canyon Onyx, with black, gray, dark brown and white. Originally used as interior ornamentation for Ford Motor Co., it closed during the Great Depression, and laid dormant for over 70 years.”
“Bosilcic, whose Scottsdale-based firm is Stoneworld Co., owns the quarry near Mayer, a small town about 8 miles west of Cordes Junction on Arizona 69.
“The deposit has seen little activity since the Depression and, so far, is largely untapped.
“‘There’s enough material there for another 200 years,’ Bosilcic said.”
Stoneworld International began to reopen the historic onyx quarry in Mayer, Arizona, in 2001. The quarry is located along Big Bug Creek in Mayer. William Bucky O’Neill was one of the first speculators in the quarry. Early on the quarry was considered one of the “richest deposit of onyx between Prescott, AZ, and Puebla, Mexico, according to historical documents.” O’Neill and his partners sold their interests in the quarry in March 1893 to George C. Underhill, “a well-known specialist and examiner of stones from Rutland, VT.” Underhill named the company the Arizona Onyx Co. Like many other quarries, it was closed during the Great Depression. Until Stone World International reopened the quarry in 2001, it had been dormant for over 70 years. Today the two types of onyx are known as “Grand Canyon onyx” and “Grand Canyon Red.”
(1) Cox Rock Products, Lake Havasu Pit (employed 4); (2) Desert Construction, Inc., Hualapai Pit - Rosslynn Rd. Pit (employed 7); (3) Dick Merritt Consruction, Sacramento Mine (employed 2); (4) F N F Mining Co., A division of F N F Construction, 71-09 (employed 8); (5) Kiewit Western Co., Crusher #2 ADEQ 1000470 (employed 7); (6) Kingman Redi-Mix, Airport Drive (employed 1); (7) McCall Construction, McCall pit (employed 4); (8) Mohave Concrete & Materials, Fort Mohave Indian Reservation (employed 7), Kingman Plant (employed 7), Lake Havasu Plant (employed 3), Oatman Road Plant (employed 7); (9) Precision Aggregate Products, LLC, Hidden Valley (employed 6); (10) Southern Arizona Paving & Construction Company, Aztec Materials Quarry (employed 1); (11) T & F Enterprises, Pit 101 (employed 1); (12) Tri-R Construction, Pass Canyon/Silver Creek (employed 3); (13) United Metro Materials, Bullhead City, Plant 882 Bull Head Parkway (employed 10), Plant 882 Fort Mohave Aztec Road (employed 6); (14) Walker Trucking (employed 2).
(1) Brimhall Sand, Rock & Building Materials, Inc., Brimhall Pit (employed 3), Cottonwood Wash Pit (employed 15), and Hardluck Pit (employed 16); (2) Cholla Ready Mix, Perkins Perkins Valley Pit (employed 3), Woodruff Butte (employed 6); (3) Dyna Rock, Chevelon (employed 2); (4) Fisher Industries, Southwest Division, Anderson Pit (employed 10); (5) Hatch Construction & Paving, Inc., 4 Mile Pit & Plant (employed 3) and Ellsworth Pit, Crushing Plant (employed 15); and (6) Reidhead Sand & Rock, Inc., Reidhead Sand & Rock (employed 5).
“Since 1998, Stoneworld Company has grown from the four original quarries to over eighteen quarries today. With quarries in northern Arizona (for our Sandstone and Flagstone), New Mexico for our Travertine, and Mayer, Arizona for our Arizona Onyx, we can supply our products direct from our own quarries, to you.”
“Travertine – Located in New Mexico, our Travertine quarry produces two distinctive colors: Beige and Buckskin. The color range of our Beige Travertine is quite broad and can take on several different looks based on the application and finish, ranging from an almost milky white to gold. Our Buckskin has a more golden yellow tone that is fairly consistant throughout.”
According to the web site, Apache Stone Quarries has been actively quarrying stone in the mountains just outside of Phoenix for nearly four decades since 1950. Flagstone and aggregate is sold throughout Arizona and Nevada. “Colors range from blue to multi-colors featuring pink with variations of brown hues….”
(1) C. S. McCrossan, Inc., M-555, PE 353 (employed 9); (2) Cemex USA, Apex Plant (employed 13), Ina Road Plant #23 (employed 30), Pima Mine Plant #117 (employed 11); (3) Excalibur Excavating, Inc., Sunset Pit (employed 3); (4) Granite Construction Company, Swan Road Pit (employed 20), Tangerine Pit (employed 20), and other various mine sites portable equipment (employed 22); (5) Sierrita Ranching & Mining, McGee Ranch (employed 5); (6) Tucson Ready Mix, Inc., Valencia Plant 64 (employed 3); (7) United Metro Materials, Plant 223 Cortaro (employed 28); and (8) Valley Rock & Sand Co., McCann Pitt (employed 4).
Pima, Arizona – Limestone Operation Leased by Georgia Marble, of Kennesaw, Georgia, from Specialty Minerals Inc. (SMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Minerals Technologies Inc. Georgia Marble signed a "long-term lease of SMI's limestone operation in Pima, Arizona" in October, 1997. (From "Specialty Minerals Inc. and The Georgia Marble Company Enter Leasing Agreement for SMI's Arizona Limestone Operation," October 29, 1997. (The link from which the following information was obtained is no longer available.)
The SMI operation at Pima produced limestone primarily "for use in industrial applications such as construction and paint." The operation is in the Helvita Mining District of Arizona. Also in the Helvita Mining District at Vail, Arizona, is another limestone operation owned by Georgia Marble at the time of this agreement to lease SMI's limestone operation at Pima.
The article mentions that at that time Georgia Marble was "a leading producer of high quality limestone products with operations in the northeast, southeast and western United States."
“The Southern Pacific Railroad is looking into the matter of running a track in Pima Co., California,* to open up remarkably fine marble deposits in that county. The tract is some ten miles from the railroad, thirty miles from Tucson.”
(* Should be Arizona rather than California.)
(1) Cemex USA (formerly Sunward Materials), Port. Crush #2314/#50/Queen Ck (employed 45), Queen Creek Plant 75 (employed 11); (2) Kalamazoo Materials, New Superior (employed 8); (3) Martin Group (employed 3); (4) Oliver Mining Company, Coolidge Pit (employed 5), and Queen Creek Pit (employed 5); (5) San Xavier Rock & Materials, Catalina Wet Plant (employed 10); (6) Superstition Crushing, L.L.C, #16 (employed 4), #15 (employed 6); (7) United Metro Materials, Plant 226 Catalina (employed 2), UM Plant 48 / Hwy. 93 2 mi. N. of Casa Blanca (employed 27), UM Plant 49 / 2305 S. Rooftile Rd., Casa Grande (employed 13), Winkleman / Superior Plant 546 (employed 5); and (8) United Metro Plant #640 (Formerly Clark Trucking), Mammoth Plant #640 & River Road Pit (employed 12).
“Limestone, including dolomite, is common in Arizona, but in recent years it has seldom been utilized for building stone….”
“In Greenlee County near San Carlos, a tuffaceous rhyolite has been quarried. It is fairly massive, reddish in color, and in places has attractive banding of reddish and light colors such as cream….”
(1) C. S. McCrossan, Inc., PE-185 (employed 2); (2) Coronado Group, L.L.C. (formerly J D 1, Inc.), Rio Rico Plant (employed 6); (3) Padilla Sand & Gravel Redi Mix, Inc., Agua Fria Plant (employed 7); (4) Padilla Sand and Rock, Agua Fria Plant (employed 2); and (5) United Metro Materials dba San Xavier, Plant 228 Nogales (employed 2).
“In Santa Cruz County, northwest of Sonoita, a type of onyx is variously reported as onyx marble and travertine.* It was found in a cavern in limestone on the east side of the Santa Rita Mountains. It is reported to be various shades of brown, and to be sufficiently massive and firm to be removed in large blocks.”
(* 6 Burchard, E. F. “Stone Industry, Arizona.” U. S. Geol. Surv. Mineral Resources, Part II, page 1345. 1913.”)
The old Arizona Marble Mining Company quarry as seen in 2011. Stacks of marble block match pretty well with those in the photo to the left. (Photograph taken by Ernie Parks. Used with permission)
This very good write-up presents the history of the Arizona Marble Company along with many great photos – both old and new – so that you can see what the quarry looked like in recent years. Ernie Parks’ introduction begins with the following excerpt from his web site:
The old Arizona Marble Mining Company quarry is located in the northwestern corner of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona. The company started up in 1909 and was in full operation shortly thereafter. An article published in a 1913 issue of Mine and Quarry magazine provides some insight into the quarry operation during those early years….”
“Near Sunnyslope, north of Phoenix in Maricopa County, a deposit of largely blue-black and green colored slate has been worked for a number of years…It can be split into fairly large sheets. No production of cut or dimension slate is reported from this deposit, but it is highly prized for rough, masonry walls.”
“Marble deposits are particularly abundant in the southern and western parts of the state. Deposits that have been exploited, although not inclusive, may be grouped roughly as follows: (1) Harquahala Mountains; (2) Tucson region; (3) and Dragoon and Chiricahua Mountains.”
“Deposits of white marble are being exploited north, southwest, and southeast of Tucson and about 5 miles southwest of Oracle Junction, a small area of coarsely-crystalline marble…occurs on Precambrian granite country rock….”
“Arizona marble can compete in quality and beauty with the best European sources. Moreover, it is one of the few highly colored and patterned marbles in the western hemisphere….”
Pima, Arizona – Limestone Operation Leased by Georgia Marble, of Kennesaw, Georgia, from Specialty Minerals Inc. (SMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Minerals Technologies Inc. (From "Specialty Minerals Inc. and The Georgia Marble Company Enter Leasing Agreement for SMI's Arizona Limestone Operation," October 29, 1997.)
This announcement also mentions that Georgia Marble had another limestone operation in the Helvita Mining District at Vail, Arizona. At that time Georgia Marble was "a leading producer of high quality limestone products with operations in the northeast, southeast and western United States."
“Good slate in the classic sense is the least abundant of the major building stone types in Arizona….”
“Most occurrences of slate in Arizona are more properly phyllite, and some are known as mica slate. However, southwest of Walker, in the Bradshaw mountains of Yavapai County, deposits of excellent slate are reports. It occurs in shades of green, brown, and black, and is hard and smooth, with good cleavage. Development is said to be under way to remove sheets for cutting.”
The photograph caption on pp. 19 states: “Outcrop of colored marble near Wendon.”
“…Northeast of Wickenburg, Maricopa County, a rhyolite with bands and halos of red to brown is reported. It is fine-grained and can be cut to good building stone….”
(1) Bell Enterprises, Sanders Pit (employed 2); (2) Central Mtn. Materials, L.L.C., Mortimer Mine (employed 3); (3) Dunbar Stone, Perkins Pit (employed 1); (4) Earth Products (employed 16); (5) Granite Mountain Materials, Dosie Pit (employed 2); (6) Hanson Aggregates of Arizona (formerly Pioneer Concrete), Clarkdale Pit (employed 13); (7) Hoss & Son, Star Placer (employed 1); (8) Meadow Valley Contractors, Inc., Prescott Valley Pit 8 (employed 15) and Pit 9, Chino Valley (employed 7); (9) Superior Companies, Cherry Pit (employed 4); (10) Superstition Crushing, L L C, Star Placer Pit (employed 9); (11) United Metro Materials, Plant #550 (employed 3), Plant #556 Cp. Verde Superi (employed 10), Plant 556 Camp Verde - Cherry Pit (employed 20); (12) United Verde Materials, United Verde Pit (employed 3); (13) Vastco, Inc., Del Rio Pit (employed 2); and (14) Wheeler Construction, Inc., Ash Fork Pit (employed 12).
(1) B T Z dba Zellers Excavating & Paving, Black, Hill Mine (employed 14); (2) Meadow Valley Contractors, Inc., PC (employed 10); and (3) W & L Inc., W & L Pit (employed 7).