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List of Quarries in Iowa & Quarry Links,
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(The following list of Iowa 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 Iowa, please contact me. Also, be sure to view the list of quarries and photographs of these quarries from the Calvin Photographic Collection - Images of Quarries - from Calvin’s Scrapbook. Click here if you wish to immediately jump to that entry. This Calvin Scrapbook list contains quarries (photographs) that may not be named in the list of quarries below. Peggy B. Perazzo)

  • Amana, Iowa County, Iowa - Des Moines Sandstone quarries west of Amana, Iowa County, Iowa (Calvin). Plate LIX (From Iowa Geological Survey, Vol. XVII, Fifteenth Annual Report of the Iowa State Geologist, 1906.)
    Des Moines Sanstone quarries west of Amana, Iowa Des Moines Sanstone quarries west of Amana, Iowa
  • Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa - This quarry is unique among the larger quarries of the state in the absence of improved machinery.  All power is hand power. 
    Plate XLIII (From Iowa Geological Survey, Vol. XVII, Fifteenth Annual Report of the Iowa State Geologist, 1906.) Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa - This quarry is unique among the larger quarries of the state in the absence of improved machinery
  • Anamosa, Iowa - the Anamosa State Penitentiary - Dolomite Quarry, presented by Steve Wendl, the curator of this virtual museum. (photographs and history) The prison was constructed with soft, yellow dolomite quarried about 1 3/4 miles NW of the prison. The quarry and the penitentiary was connected by a spur of the Northwestern Railroad.
  • Anamosa, Iowa – Weber Stone Company, Inc. - Stone City Quarries (SCQ) (present-day company)

    Weber Stone Company has been quarrying and fabricating Anamosa Limestone since 1952. Their quarrying and fabricating facilities provide one of the largest capacities of production in the Midwest. Below are some of the topics of interest on the Weber Stone Company, Inc. web site.: Historical information about Anamosa Stone, Indiana Limestone, Geology, and the Iowa Stone industry in addition to the history of their company and their place in the Iowa stone industry of today. There is also a “Projects” section that enables you to view photographs of structures completed and their histories.

  • Andrew, Iowa - Andrew Quarry, 23868 150th Street, Andrew, Iowa, (563) 672-9573, an Aggregate Quarry of Wendling Quarries, Inc. (present-day company)
  • Bellevue, Iowa - Bellevue State Park - Old Limestone Quarry.  The “Quarry Trail” in the Bellevue State Park, Nelson Unit, goes past an old limestone rock quarry from which limestone was quarried for the construction of some of the park facilities.
  • Bentonsport, Van Buren County, Iowa - Davis Quarry, west of Bentonsport, Van Buren County.  Heavy beds of magnesian sandstone (Warsaw sandstone). 
    Fig. 30  (From Iowa Geological Survey, Vol. XVII, Fifteenth Annual Report of the Iowa State Geologist, 1906.) Davis Quarry, west of Bentonsport, Van Buren County
  • Bentonsport, Van Buren County, Iowa - Old quarry opening in Bentonsport, Van Buren County, Iowa. 
    Plate LV  (From Iowa Geological Survey, Vol. XVII, Fifteenth Annual Report of the Iowa State Geologist, 1906.) Old quarry opening in Bentonsport, Van Buren County, Iowa
  • Big Rock (near), Clinton County, Iowa - Old Randall Quarry near Big Rock, Clinton County, Iowa, showing heavy Niagara beds. 
    Plate XXXIX (From Iowa Geological Survey, Vol. XVII, Fifteenth Annual Report of the Iowa State Geologist, 1906.) Old Randall Quarry near Big Rock

  • Buffalo, Scott County, Iowa - Clark Quarry, near Buffalo, Scott County; upper view showing trackage arrangements leading to incline, lower view showing irregular beds and large amount of shaly talus. Plate LI  (From Iowa Geological Survey, Vol. XVII, Fifteenth Annual Report of the Iowa State Geologist, 1906.)
    Clark Quarry, near Buffalo, Scott County Clark Quarry, near Buffalo, Scott County
  • Burlington, Iowa – Donahue, McCosh & Co. (The following advertisement is from The Reporter: Devoted To The Interests of Marble and Granite Workers, Vol. XVII, No. 6, published by Nichols & Co., Chicago, Illinois, June, 1884, pp. 13.)

    Donahue, McCosh & Co.
    R. Donahue – T. McCosh - S. W. Mercer.
    Importers and Whole Sale Dealers in
    Italian & American Marble.
    Cor. of Fourth and Market Streets, On B. & M. R. R. R.
    Burlington, Iowa
    Established A. D. 1855.

    Also Wholesale Dealers in –
    Finishing Lime, Louisville Cement, Plaster Paris,
    Plastering Hair, Akron Cement, Drain Tile.

    Also, dealers in Marble Mantels, Marbleized Iron and Slate Mantels,
    & Iron Grates.

  • Burlington, Iowa - North end of Government quarries below Burlington showing the Kinderhook limestone. 
    Plate LII (From Iowa Geological Survey, Vol. XVII, Fifteenth Annual Report of the Iowa State Geologist, 1906.) North end of Government quarries below Burlington showing the Kinderhook limestone

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