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List of Quarries in Georgia & Quarry Links,
Photographs and Articles

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  • Lawrenceville (southeast of), Georgia – Photo-micrograph of hornblende-schist (Amphibolite), from A Preliminary Report on a Part of the Granites and Gneisses of Georgia, Bulletin No. 9-A, by Thomas L. Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Geologist, Geological Survey of Georgia, 1902, pp. 168.
    Plate XV. Fig. 1. Photo-micrograph of hornblende-schist (amphibolite), containing much epidote. Four miles southeast of Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Crossed Nicols x 74. Photo-micrograph of hornblende-schist (amphibolite), containing much epidote. Four miles southeast of Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia (circa 1902)
  • Lithonia-Stone Mountain District, Georgia - “The (Georgia) Stone Industry,” (PDF) excerpt from Geology of The Stone Mountain-Lithonia District, Georgia, by Leo Anthony Herrmann, Georgia State Division of Conservation, Department of Mines, Mining and Geology, Atlanta: 1954, pp. 80-122. (Used with permission.)
  • Lithonia (near), Dekalb County, Georgia - Quarry Face of Granite Gneiss, Arabia Mountain Quarries (Granite/Gneiss)
    Plate XXVII (photograph from Granites of the Southeastern Atlantic States, Bulletin 426, 1910) Quarry Face of Granite Gneiss, Arabia Mountaini Quarries
  • Lithonia District, Georgia - the Arabia Granite Company (Gneiss Quarries). The Arabia Granite Company gneiss quarries in the Lithonia District of Georgia is the subject of an article entitled, “Central Air Plant At A Georgia Quarry,” in Mine and Quarry Magazine, Sullivan Machinery Co., Publisher, Chicago, Illinois, Vol. IX. No. 3 October 1916, pages 924-929, Whole No. 31. The other large quarry operator in the district at that time was the Pine Mountain Granite Company.
    Photograph from Mine and Quarry Magazine, October 1916, Page 925. The caption reads as follows: "Splitting Large Blocks of Granite at Arabia Mountain; Sullivan Plug Drills at Work; the Depth and Clean Character of the Stone are Indicated by this Picture." Splitting Large Blocks of Granite at Arabia Mountain
  • Lithonia Area, Georgia – Arabia Mountains Quarries (Granite-Gneiss), from A Preliminary Report on a Part of the Granites and Gneisses of Georgia, Bulletin No. 9-A, by Thomas L. Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Geologist, Geological Survey of Georgia, 1902, pp. 136.
    Plate XI. Fig. 2. A General View of the Arabia Mountain quarries, Lithonia area of Georgia A General View of the Arabia Mountain quarries, Lithonia area of Georgia (circa 1902)
  • Lithonia (northwest of), DeKalb County, Georgia – Coffee Quarries (Granite)  (Excerpt from Geology of The Stone Mountain-Lithonia District, Georgia, by Leo Anthony Herrmann, Georgia State Division of Conservation, Department of Mines, Mining and Geology, Atlanta: 1954, pp. 92.  Used with permission.  You can read this chapter on “The Stone Industry (of Georgia),” (PDF) which includes information on this quarry, in the PDF document.)

    Coffey Quarries – Mr. G. Coffey owns about five acres of exposed rock about two and one-half miles north northwest of Lithonia.  Three quarry openings have been made, the largest of which has a worked face one hundred feet long and three feet high.

    “The rock is a strongly foliated biotite-rich granite of the Stone Mountain type.  It is uniform in texture and composition except for thin muscovite-rich lenses with scattered garnets similar to those found at Stone Mountain.  Several coarse-grained pegmatites composed of microcline, quartz, muscovite and biotite have intruded the rock.

    “The flowage foliation varies in strike from N10°W to N25°W and dips from 15° to 25°W.  Joints are very rare.  The grain of the rock trends N-S.”

  • Lithonia (near), DeKalb County, Georgia – the Crossley Quarry Photo-micrograph of Biotite Granite-Gneiss (Granite-Gneiss), from A Preliminary Report on a Part of the Granites and Gneisses of Georgia, Bulletin No. 9-A, by Thomas L. Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Geologist, Geological Survey of Georgia, 1902, pp. 104.
    Plate IX. Fig. 2. Photo-micrograph of the contorted biotite granite-gneiss, from the Crossley Quarry, near Lithonia, DeKalb County, Georgia. Crossed Nicols x 74. Photo-micrograph of the contorted biotite granite-gneiss, from the Crossley Quarry, near Lithonia, DeKalb County, Georgia (circa 1902)
  • Lithonia Area, Georgia – Granite-Gneiss Quarries in the Lithonia Area (Granite-Gneiss), from A Preliminary Report on a Part of the Granites and Gneisses of Georgia, Bulletin No. 9-A, by Thomas L. Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Geologist, Geological Survey of Georgia, 1902, pp. 136.
    Plate XI. Fig. 1. A general view from Collinsville Mountain to Pine Mountain in the background, the White area on the latter showing the location of its extensive quarries. In the foreground, is a flat-surface quarry. A general view from Collinsville Mountain to Pine Mountain in the background, the White area on the latter showing the location of its extensive quarries. In the foreground, is a flat-surface quarry, Lithonia area of Georgia (circa 1902)
  • Lithonia, Goergia – Granite Quarry, Lithonia, Ga. (postcard photograph; early 1900s; unmailed)
    Granite Quarry in Lithonia, Georgia Granite Quarry in Lithonia, Georgia (postcard photo)
  • Lithonia, Georgia - the Johnson Granite Co. (2 postcard photographs; early 1900s; unmailed)
    The Johnson Granite Co. Quarry, Lithonia, Georgia. The Johnson Granite Co. quarry, Lithonia, Georgia (postcard photo)
    The Johnson Granite Co. Quarry, Lithonia, Georgia. The Johnson Granite Co. quarry, Lithonia, Georgia (postcard photo)
  • Lithonia (near), Dekalb County, Georgia - East Slope of Pine Mountain, a Granite Gneiss Dome (Granite Gneiss)
    Plate XXVII (photograph from Granites of the Southeastern Atlantic States, Bulletin 426, 1910) East Slope of Pine Mountain, a Granite Gneiss Dome
  • Lithonia (southwest of), DeKalb County, Georgia – the Robertson Quarry (Granite)  (Excerpt from Geology of The Stone Mountain-Lithonia District, Georgia, by Leo Anthony Herrmann, Georgia State Division of Conservation, Department of Mines, Mining and Geology, Atlanta: 1954, pp. 94.  Used with permission.  You can read the entire entry for this quarry in the PDF document/chapter on “The Stone Industry (of Georgia).)” (PDF)

    Robertson Quarry – A very small quarry owned by James Robertson is located about four miles southwest of LIthonia and two-thirds of a mile west of Pole Bridge Creek.  It is in a large pavement at the crest of a hill trending roughly east-west.

    “The rock is medium-grained, well foliated, biotite-rich granite….”

    “The rock has been only slightly quarried, apparently for local use.”

  • Lithonia, Georgia – Southern Granite Co. (The following advertisement is from The Monumental News, August, 1895, Vol. 7, No. 8, Chicago, Illinois, pp. 507.)

    Southern Granite Co.,

    Light Gray Granite For Building and Monumental and Street Work.

    The Confederate Monument in Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, was quarried and cut at our works.

    Quarries, Lithonia, GA.

    Main Office, Wiggins Block, Cincinnati, O.

  • Lithonia, Georgia – The Southern Granite Co. Quarries (The following information is from an advertisement in Stone: An Illustrated Magazine, Vol. XI, No. 6, November, 1895, Stone Publishing Co., New York, pp. vii.)

    The Southern Granite Co.

    Main Office: 19 and 20 Wiggin’s Block, Cincinnati, O.

    Quarries and Office: Lithonia, GA.

    Light Gray Granite.

    Buildings – Paving Blocks – Rip-Rap.

  • Lithonia (near), Georgia – the Southern Granite Company’s Quarry (Granite-Gneiss), from A Preliminary Report on a Part of the Granites and Gneisses of Georgia, Bulletin No. 9-A, by Thomas L. Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Geologist, Geological Survey of Georgia, 1902, pp. 144.
    Plate XII. A general view of the Southern Granite Company’s quarry, near Lithonia, Georgia, illustrating the working of a flat-surface outcrop of granite-gneiss. A general view of the Southern Granite Company’s quarry, near Lithonia, Georgia, illustrating the working of a flat-surface outcrop of granite-gneiss (circa 1902)
  • Lithonia, Georgia – Granite Crusher at Lithonia, from A Preliminary Report on a Part of the Granites and Gneisses of Georgia, Bulletin No. 9-A, by Thomas L. Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Geologist, Geological Survey of Georgia, 1902, pp. 128.
    Plate X. A granite crusher at Lithonia, Georgia, used for converting the quarry waste into road metal and ballast A granite crusher at Lithonia, Georgia, used for converting the quarry waste into road metal and ballast (circa 1902)
  • Lithonia (near), Georgia – Slabs of Contorted Granite-Gneiss from Lithonia, Georgia (Granite-Gneiss), from A Preliminary Report on a Part of the Granites and Gneisses of Georgia, Bulletin No. 9-A, by Thomas L. Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Geologist, Geological Survey of Georgia, 1902, pp. 256.
    Plate XXVI. Fig. 1. Slab of Contorted Granite-Gneiss from Lithonia, Georgia Slab of Contorted Granite-Gneiss from Lithonia, Georgia (circa 1902)
    Plate XXVI. Fig. 2. Slab of Contorted Granite-Gneiss from Lithonia, Georgia Slab of Contorted Granite-Gneiss from Lithonia, Georgia (circa 1902)
  • Lithonia (southwest of), DeKalb County, Georgia – the Robertson Quarry (Granite)  (Excerpt from Geology of The Stone Mountain-Lithonia District, Georgia, by Leo Anthony Herrmann, Georgia State Division of Conservation, Department of Mines, Mining and Geology, Atlanta: 1954, pp. 94.  Used with permission.  You can read the entire entry for this quarry in the PDF document/chapter on “The Stone Industry (of Georgia).)” (PDF)

    Robertson Quarry – A very small quarry owned by James Robertson is located about four miles southwest of LIthonia and two-thirds of a mile west of Pole Bridge Creek.  It is in a large pavement at the crest of a hill trending roughly east-west.

    “The rock is medium-grained, well foliated, biotite-rich granite….”

    “The rock has been only slightly quarried, apparently for local use.”

  • Lithonia, Georgia – Stone Mountain Grit Co., Lithonia, Ga. – StoneMo Grit  (history & advertisement) “Granite Poultry Grit:  Barre Aids the ‘Food For Victory’ Program” (pdf), by Paul Wood, Vermont Granite Museum, April 2012.
  • Stone Mountain (StoneMo) Grit Co., Lithonia, Georgia Advertisement

    Stone Mountain (StoneMo) Grit Co., Lithonia, Georgia Advertisement

  • Little Stone Mountain (between & Collinsville Mountain), DeKalb County, Georgia – the Brand Quarries (Lithonia Gneiss)  (Excerpt from Geology of The Stone Mountain-Lithonia District, Georgia, by Leo Anthony Herrmann, Georgia State Division of Conservation, Department of Mines, Mining and Geology, Atlanta: 1954, pp. 97.  Used with permission.  You can read the entire entry for this quarry in the PDF document/chapter on “The Stone Industry (of Georgia).)” (PDF)

    Brand Quarries – The J. T. Brand quarries include about eight openings on a 20 acres exposure of Lithonia gneiss located between Little Stone Mountain and Collinsville Mountain.  A large amount of stone was removed from these quarries in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries mostly for Belgian blocks and curb stone.

    “The rock is typical highly contorted Lithonia gneiss with numerous garnet and magnetite crystals disseminated throughout.  Shear zones, flow folds, and garnet-rich epidote-bearing layers are common in this exposure.”

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