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Madera County – List of Stone Quarries, Etc. *

(* Please note this list does not include sand or gravel quarries.)

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  • Bates Station area, Madera County, California – the Bates Granite Quarry – Stone Drag Saw (present-day photos) The following photographs were taken and contributed by Lynn Northrop. She and her husband, and Wayne Northrop, own and operate the Raymond Museum located at Raymond, California. You can read more about the Raymond Museum on the online article, “Raymond Museum now an historical place of interest,” by Elizabeth Gabriel, May 30, 2008, on the Sierra Star web site. You can see more photos of the saw from the Bates' quarry in the “Raymond Museum - Photograhic Tour, Raymond, California” section of our web site.

    The stone drag saw shown in the photographs below was donated by Mark Ward, owner of Mark Ward Truckin; and it was recently moved and installed by local volunteers as a new exhibit at the Raymond Museum (August 2010). (You can read more about the Raymond Museum in the online article, “Raymond Museum now an historical place of interest,” by Elizabeth Gabriel, May 30, 2008, on the Sierra Star web site.)

    If you have any knowledge of this saw, please contact Lynn and Wayne Northrop at the Raymond Museum. Below is Lynn’s brief history of the saw:

    “It was possibly a marble cutting saw moved from San Francisco in the 1890s or early 1900s. It sat at a small quarry near Bates Station, an old Stagecoach stop near the Madera Quarry about 12 miles from Raymond. A man named Carl Taylor ran it in the 1930s and then walked away with the blade still stuck in a slab of granite. The iron cutting blades run vertically instead of horizontally and the screw system is still intact on top lowering the blades as the water and shot cut through the slabs. We are trying to date the saw style and find out where it may have come from and if there are others left around California or the country (USA).”

    Stone saw in Bates granite quarry, Madera County, California 1993

    Stone saw in Bates quarry in 1993

    Stone saw set up in yard in 2010, Madera County, California

    Stone saw set up in yard in 2010

    Clovis Cash Grocery Van wreck in Bates Quarry, Madera County, California

    Clovis Cash grocery van wreck in Bates granite quarry

    Clovis Cash Grocery Van wreck in Bates Quarry, Madera County, California

    Clovis Cash grocery van wreck in Bates granite quarry

  • Coarsegold (northwest of), Madera County, California – R. & W. Tungsten Company Claims (Limestone) (Excerpt from “Limestone in California,” by Clarence A. Logan, California Journal of Mines and Geology, Vol. 43, No. 3, July 1947, California Division of Mines, San Francisco, California, pp. 175-357. Used with permission, California Department of Conservation, California Geological Survey.)

    "R. & W. Tungsten Company claims in secs. 24 and 25, T. 7 S., R. 20 E., M.D., have made some scheelite production, but the extent of the limestone outcrops is not known. These claims are 2 to 3 miles northwest of Coarsegold."

  • Coarsegold (east of), Madera County, California – Scott Marble Deposit (Marble) (Excerpt from “Limestone in California,” by Clarence A. Logan, California Journal of Mines and Geology, Vol. 43, No. 3, July 1947, California Division of Mines, San Francisco, California, pp. 175-357. Used with permission, California Department of Conservation, California Geological Survey.)

    Scott marble deposit is 6 miles east of Coarsegold. The marble beds include a banded green and pink siliceous dolomitic marble.”

  • Knowles, Madera County, California – Towns of Raymond & Knowles and the Raymond Granite Quarry & the Knowles Granite Quarry – Photographic Tour
  • Knowles, Madera County, California – Knowles Granite Quarries

    Please note: The location names “Knowles” and “Raymond” have been used interchangeably for the postcards and some other resources, that it was entirely confusing for me to decide under which name to enter them. Due to this, I have chosen to place all of the entries for the postcard photographs under “Raymond, Madera County, California” rather than to make arbitrary decisions as to where the photographs actually belong (in Raymond or Knowles quarries). I hope this does not confuse you very much. I have retained the locations for the entries from the geology books as described in the individual sections. Peggy B. Perazzo

  • Madera County, California – Granite Quarry located on Road 209 off of Highway 41.  (The following photographs of this abandoned quarry were contributed to our web site.)
    Granite quarry on Road 209, Madera County, CA Granite quarry on Road 209, Madera County, CA

    Left side of granite quarry on Road 209, Madera County

    Abandoned granite quarry on Road 209, Madera County

    Granite quarry on Road 209, Madera County, CA

    Paul in the old abandoned quarry

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