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California Marble Quarries - List and Location of Individual Quarries


The Structural and Industrial Materials of California, Bulletin No. 38

California, State Mining Bureau, Lewis E. Auburn, State Mineralogist
San Francisco, California, 1906.

(In 1906) "Large quantities of marble are shipped into California from Vermont, Georgia, Tennessee, and Italy, which indicates a demand greater than the supply, a demand that could and should be met, in a large measure, from the home quarries.California produces no bright-colored marbles that could replace the red Tennessee and red Vermont variegated marbles for interior decoration; but there is a sufficient supply of white, clouded, and colored marbles and onyx marble to more than supply the home demand."

"The published reports for 1904 show that marble was produced in five different counties in California, but good marble is known to exist in several other localities where it is not quarried." (1)

Amador County

Amador Marble Quarry - In 1906 quarry had been idle for a few years. Marble had been used for monuments and buildings. (1)

  • Carrara Marble Quarry - Sec. 29, T. 7 N., R. 12 E., M. D. M. White marble with black streaks; also white and ash-colored marbles available. Used in rotunda of City Hall and entrance of Native Sons' Building in San Francisco; also in rotunda of Museum Building, Stanford University. (1)

  • Oleta Quarry - Two and one-half miles east of Plymouth, on the south side of the Oleta Plymouth stage road. In 1906 quarry was idle. Marble on heavy ledge about 100 feet thick, lying in midst of blue schists. Small parallel bed of marble about 10 feet thick, 100 feet west of the quarry. Quarry face little over 100 feet in height and about 100 feet wide. Stone a light gray and blue clouded marble. (1)

Butte County

"Marble of blue, black, and white varieties occurs in Butte County. No commercial production has been essayed."(1)

  • Big Bend Marble Quarry - Sec. 32, T. 22 N., R. 5 E., M.D.M. Two ledges of limestone marble in the Big Bend of the North Fork of Feather River. Main ledge is blue limestone, exposed 1200 feet south of river, extends southeast about 2000 feet. In 1906 had been ".prospected by an open cut from 20 to 50 feet wide.."(1)

  • Marble Creek - Sec. 10, T. 22 N., R. 6 E., M.D.M. - White marble occurs on west bank of Marble Creek. Some local use has been made of marble for building purposes. (1)

  • Mooretown Marble - Sec. 24, T. 20 N., R. 6 E., M.D.M. - Golden West Mining Co. Ledge of white marble exposed on north side of Sucker Run Creek for about 40 feet above surface of street, from 20 to 30 feet wide. (1)

  • Pentz Marble - N. W. of Sec. 8, T. 21 N., R. 4 E., M.D.M. Black mottled marble slab 4 feet long, 1 foot wide, 4 inches thick was quarried here to exhibit in San Francisco and Oroville as a demonstration of the value of limestone for marble. No extensive quarrying done. (1)

Calaveras County

"White, gray, and banded marble is found in many places in Calaveras County, but is not quarried. The belt passes from Tuolumne County northward through Calaveras County, and is found near Vallecito, Murphys, and Cave City."(1)

  • Caldwell Marble Quarry - Sec. 35, T. 4 N., R. 11 E., M.D.M. 4 miles southeast of Valley Springs on Bear Mountain. Dark variegated limestone. No marble shipped. (1)

  • Hertzig Marble Quarry - Sec. 29, T. 4 N., R. 12 E., M.D.M. Gray building marble. (1)

  • Treat Marble Quarry - Sec. 16, T. 14 N., R. 12 E., M.D.M. 1 miles east of San Andreas. Quarry lies on hillside. Stone used in erecting Hall of Records in San Andreas. White and variegated varieties. (1)

Glenn County

  • Alexander Brown (Oakland) - Northwest corner of T. 18 N., R. 6 W. Cropping of a ledge of serpentine exposed. By 1906 no development. (1)

  • H. A. Daniels (Colusa County) - Sec. 21, T. 18 N., R. 6 W., M.D.M. Ledge of marble of white or alabaster limestone prospected by W. H. Wilton of San Francisco. Exposure about 40 feet. Ledge traced for about a mile north and south along east side of Stony Creek. (1)

Inyo County

  • Inyo Marble Co. - Quarries at base of Inyo range between Keeler and Lone Pine. Scattered along base of the range for several miles. Point at most worked had been done by 1906 was 5 miles north of Keeler. Marble is a dolomite, pure white. A little south of original quarry face there was a bed of fancy and variegated marble opened by 1906. Also a quarry of yellow marble half a mile north of main workings. Deposit of black marble. Company had mills on the Truckee River 18 miles west of Reno where marble was sawed and dressed for shipment. Stone used in the Mills Building, inside and outside, in San Francisco. (1)

Kern County

  • Antelope Valley Marble Quarry - Sec. 2, T. 9 N., R. 17 W., S.B.M. Southern California Marble Co., San Francisco. Near Neenach on south slope of the Tehachapi range. Large body of marble of a number of beds of various colors. White marble with reddish-brown veins. Marble used in Stimson Block, Los Angeles, Spreckels band stand, Golden Gate Park, Goldberg & Bowen's store, Sutter Street, San Francisco. Quarry idle about 1904. (1)

Mariposa County

  • "A belt of crystalline limestone.occurs on the south side of the South Fork of Merced River, near Hite's Cove, where it is exposed on the grade road. No effort has ever been made to develop it." (by 1906) (1)

Nevada County

"Marble, though at present (1906) not productive, is a prospective industry in Nevada County. There are two distinct occurrences of marble in the county, which have been prospected in a small way." (1)

  • Bear River - Sec. 22, T. 15 N., R. 9 E., marble near Bear River, the dividing line between Nevada and Placer counties, an apparent extension of the large bodies of marble in Section 35, same township and range, on the Placer County side of Bear River. Ledges extend north and south. (1)

  • South Yuba - Secs. 13 and 18, T. 17 N., R. 9 E. Marble ledge is exposed in the bed and on the banks of the South Yuba River at 100 to 200 feet, with croppings at still high elevations. Marble deposits are situated about 15 miles northeast of Nevada City.(1)

Placer County

  • Auburn Quarry - Sec. 14, T. 12 N., R. 8 E. Shattered white marble. Exposed for a height of about 25 feet over a distance of about 100 feet. (1)

  • Holmes Lime Company's Quarry - Sec. 33, T. 15 N., R. 9 E. "(In 1906) Thirty-five years ago marble was sawed and polished from this limestone ledge by a man named Pritchard, who made the marble columns for the entrance way to the Napa Insane Asylum and tiling for the floor of the San Francisco branch mint building." (1)

  • Hotaling Quarry - Sec. 16, T. 13 N., R. 8 E. White marble near Hotaling, 5 miles north from Clipper Gap. used only as flux for smelting of iron by California Iron and Lime Company. (1)

  • John McAninch - Deposit of verde antique marble reported to be near the Butcher Ranch. (1)

  • Verde Antique - Sec. 1, T. 13 N., r. 9 E. About 16 miles northeast from Auburn. "The serpentine marble, or verde antique, is exposed for 100 feet or more in height between 400 and 500 feet wide, on the northerly slope of the hill that looks down upon the American River." Green and blue in color. (1)

Plumas County

"There are large bodies of marble in the southwestern part of Plumas County. Marble Cone is a great mountain of marble situated in Sec. 8, T. 22 N., R. 8 E., on the south side of Middle Feather River. Marble ledges also occur on the north side of the river, in Sections 5, 6, and 7." "...but the locations were abandoned, owing to failure of the extension westward of the Beckwith Pass Railway." (1)

Riverside County

  • Sky Blue Marble and Onyx Company's Quarry - Secs. 2 and 3, T. 2 S., R. 5 W., S.B.M. Dark blue color. (1)

San Bernardino County

"Nearly all the limestone in San Bernardino County may be classified as marble. In many quarries the material is used both for burning lime and for building and monument purposes." (1)

  • J. D. Ackerman (San Francisco) - Deposit of white crystalline limestone Secs. 23, 24, 25, 26 and 35, T. 6 N., R. 4 W., S.B.M. about 3 miles northeast of Victorville. (1)

  • Barstow Lime Quarry - 3 miles northwest of Barstow. Not in operation in 1906. (1)

  • Black Hawk Mountains - 30 miles east of Victorville. White marble of excellent quality. Not worked in 1906. (1)

  • Bonanza King Quarry - T. 10 N., R. 3 W., S.B.M. 1 mile north of Hinkley on the Santa Fe Railway. "Claimed to be very pure limestone." (1)

  • Cadiz - North side of the Santa Fe Railway, extending from near Cadiz to Benga. Variegated, dark-colored, nearly black marble. Lighter-colored marbles also available. (1)

  • Colton Cement Works Quarry (California Portland Cement Company, Los Angeles) (1)

  • Crusher Plant Quarry (California Portland Cement Company, Los Angeles) - Northwest corner of the mountain about 2000 yards from cement works. (1)

  • Marble Dust Quarry and Plant (California Portland Cement Company, Los Angeles) - West side of mountain. (1)

  • Colton Marble Works (California Portland Cement Company, Los Angeles) - South side of Slover Mountain where there were two quarries. The upper quarry had very light colored stone with beds from 5 to 7 feet thick. Marble used mostly for ornamental building purposes. Stone used in the Academy of Sciences, Crossley, and Rialto buildings, San Francisco; also in the Landershim Hotel, Los Angeles, and the Bishop building in San Francisco. (1)

  • J. B. Cook and L. A. Porter (Los Angeles) Deposit of white marble, Sec. 33, T. 10 N., R. 2 W., S.B.M. west of and near Barstow. Outcrop over 100 feet wide, three-fourths of a mile long. (1)

  • M. L. Cook and J. B. Devore (Chicago) - "Crystalline, flinty limestone" Sec. T. 2 N., R 5 W., S.B.M., west of Cable Canon. (1)

  • M. L. Cook (San Bernardino) - Secs. 15, 16, 21, and 22, T. 2 N., R. 5 W., S.B.M., on the north side of Cajon Canon about 2 miles from the Santa Fe Railroad. (1)

  • In Holcomb Valley, San Bernardino Mountains - Near Metger's gold mines. Wide reef of white marble. (1)

  • In Lone Pine Canon - Sec. 15, T. 3 N., R. 7 W., S.B.M., near Swartout Valley, old limestone quarry and kiln. Unappropriated government land in 1906. (1)

  • Mojave Consolidated Development Co. (San Francisco) - Operated marble quarries formerly known as the "Gem Quarries" (Alamo Consolidated Marble co.) and the "Verde Antique, Sec. 28, T. 7 N., R. 2 W., S.B.M. (1)

  • Muscapabia Land and Water Co. (San Bernardino) - Sec. 6, T. 1 N., R. 4 W., S.B.M. in Devil's Canon. (1)

  • G. E. Otis (San Bernardino) - Deposit fine-grained marble, white, blue-veined, and bluish mottled, Sec. 12, T. 1 N., R. 6 W., S.B.M. (1)

  • W. E. Van Slyke (San Bernardino) - In northeaster part of Sec. T. 1 S., R. 1 E., S.B.M., at head of Mill Creek. Marble of red and bottled blue and white. (1)

  • Northwest of Victorville - 22 miles west of Northcamp reported to be large reef of white marble about 150 feet wide, 1000 feet long. Unappropriated government land in 1906. (1)

San Diego County

  • San Diego Desert Marble Co. - Several claims in Sec. T. 16 S., R. 9 E., S.B.M., on most eastern extremity of Coyote Mountains, Colorado Desert. Gray or black and white color with strata of pink, yellowish, and reddish marble. (1)

Shasta County

  • H. H. Rosemann - Sec. 3 T. 33 N., R. 4 W., M.D.M. (1)

Siskiyou County

" belt of marble runs from a little west of Etna in a general northwesterly direction along the eastern slope of the Salmon Mountains, forming farther north part of the Marble Mountains, and in the Grider Mountains showing north of the Klamath River on Thompson Creek, and running farther north into Oregon." (1)

  • Marble Mountain - Secs. 16, 19, 20, and 21, T. 43 N., R. 12 E., H.M. A very large body of marble. "The limestone is metamorphosed, producing all varieties of colors of marble, but principally pure white marble." (1)

  • R. McDaniels (Etna) - Sec. 6, T. 41 N., R. 9 W., M.D.M. On road from Etna to Sawyer's Bar, exposed marble. (1)

  • Alex. Parker, Jr. (Etna) - Sec. 32, T. 42 N., R. 9 W. Elevation 4025 feet. Belt from 100 to 150 feet wide. White and fine-grained, in some places dark gray veins with seams of diabase. "Some of the marble is pink-colored, carries some iron pyrite, has inclusions of diabase, and is very coarsely crystalline." (1)

  • J. W. Woods - Northern part of T. 17 N., R. 8 E., on east side of Thompson Creek about 900 feet above the creek and opposite the head of the Minetta ditch. (1)

Solano County

  • Pacific Portland Cement Company - Sec. 17, T. 5 N., R. 1 W., M.D.M., at Cement. A "deposit of travertine, through which occur vein-like and pocket-like deposits of a dark brown, banded stone-the so-called Suisun marble. Has been used for decorative purposes in San Francisco." (1)

Tulare County

  • Robert James (Porterville) - Deposit of dark gray marble located 8 miles southeast of Porterville on the road to the South Tule Indian Reservation. (1)

Tuolumne County

  • Columbia Marble Company's Quarry - Sec. 34. T. 3 N., R. 14 E. Quarry and works located about 2 miles north of Columbia about 800 feet above the Stanislaus River. Marble strip is 150 feet wide. Marble is fine-grained, holocrystalline dolomite. About 800 tons was used in the merchants' Exchange Building in San Francisco. Also used as pavements and stairways of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. (1)

Yuba County

  • "A large marble exposure is reported in Sec. 15, T. 19 N., R. 8 E., 8 miles west of north Camptonville, on the southside of North Yuba River. Another marble exposure is reported in Sec. 9, T. 19 N., R. 8 E., on the north side of the North Yuba River. Marble is reported to occur on Oregon Creek, Sec. 11, T. 18 N., R. 8 E." (1)

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