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  • Bloomington, Indiana – the Acme Stone Co. Plant (The following information is from the section “Limestone and Sandstone” in Stone: An Illustrated Magazine Devoted to Stone, Marble, Granite, Slate, Cement, Contracting and Building, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, January, 1902, Stone Publishing Co., New York, pp. 64.)

    Acme Stone Co. Plant

    The Acme Stone Company, which is owned by Chicago capitalists, and whose plant is located five miles south of Bloomington, Indiana, has just closed a contract for the stone for a large building in New York. The job amounts to about $100,000, and will keep forty stone-cutters at work for several months. The company expects to run a day and night force until the contract is completed. Joseph Jones is superintendent of the plant.

  • Bloomington, Indiana, presented by Log Cabin Vacation Company, Inc.
  • Bloomington (Norwest of), Indiana - the Bennett Quarry (Limestone), Five-Year Review Second Five-ear Review Report for Bennett's Dump, Monroe County, Indiana, August 2007 (pdf), The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region V., Chicago, Illinois.

    According to this web site, the Bennett Quarry is also known as the Bennetts Dump site which covers about four acres. It is located about 2.5 miles northwest of Bloomington. Used as a waste dump recently, Bennett Quarry was once a limestone quarry pit.

  • Bloomington, Indiana - “Bloomington quarries a tourist draw?,” Associated Press news article, November 9, 2005, on the IndyStar.com web site. (“Officials are looking for ways to develop a limestone park from former quarries that could give tourists a place to swim, rock climb, hike or walk.”) (The link to this article is no longer available.)
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  • Bloomington, Indiana - the Bloomington Quarry, Rogers Group (present-day company), 1100 N Oard Road, Bloomington, IN 47404.
  • Bloomington Quarry - Rogers Crown Quarry - “Rogers Group Buys Indiana Quarry Firm,” January 9, 2002, in National Business Journal.

    This 2002 article states that the Rogers Group, based in Nashville, Tennessee, purchased the assets of BMI Crown Quarry in Bloomington, Indiana, from Blackwell Moore Inc.  The name was changed to the Rogers Crown Quarry and sells crushed stone, sand, gravel, asphalt, highway construction and concrete masonry.

  • Bloomington, Indiana – The Central Oolitic Stone Company (The following information is from an advertisement in Stone: An Illustrated Magazine, Vol. XLVI, No. 3, March, 1925, Stone Publishing Co., New York, pp. 174.)

    The Central Oolitic Stone Company

    Cut Stone - Indiana Limestone - Sawed, Planed and Turned

    Chicago Office, 2126 S. Kedzie Ave.

    Quarry & Mill at Bloomington, Ind.

    Estimates furnished. Plans sent us will be returned promptly.

  • Bloomington, Indiana – the Chicago and Bloomington Stone Co. (The following information is from an advertisement in Stone: An Illustrated Magazine, Vol. XLVI, No. 3, March, 1925, Stone Publishing Co., New York, pp. 174.)

    Chicago and Bloomington Stone Co., Bloomington, Ind.

    Planed and Turned - Mill Blocks and Sawed Indiana Limestone

  • Bloomington, Indiana – Dunn’s Stone Quarry  (Oolitic Limestone)  (From “The Building Stones of Indiana,” in The Manufacturer and Builder, Vol. 17, Issue No. 4, April 1885, pp. 82-83)

    “Among the most valuable building stones of Indiana may be classed the so-called oolitic limestones.  They are of sub-carboniferous age, and chemically almost pure carbonate of lime.  The most noted building stone of this series is obtained from strata believed to be the equivalent of the rocks that outcrop at St. Louis, and that are called St. Louis limestone in the geological reports of Illinois.  The crop of this stone may be followed from Montgomery county on the north to Harrison county on the south.  The workable beds are from 10 to 100 feet in thickness.  The color ranges from grayish-white and bluish-gray to chalk-white.  The structure, as before said, is oolitic (so named from its resemblance to the roe of a fish).  The rounded segregated particles of which it is composed are sometimes so small as to be unrecognizable to the unaided eye, and again so large as to be quite conspicuous.  It may be quarried in blocks of any size and thickness that may be desired.  Prof. Cox reports that he has seen block of it cut out by the steam channeler 6 ½ by 9 ½ inches in thickness and 42 feet long, and, at one of the Bedford quarries, a block of similar thickness and 66 feet long.  At most of the localities where this stone is quarried, blocks of much greater length, thickness and width can be obtained if required; and, says Prof. Cox. ‘Cleopatra’s Needle might be duplicated, should a market be opened for monoliths of that character.’  Chemical analyses of this stone from widely separated localities yield from 96 to 98 per cent of carbonate of lime, showing it to be an almost chemically pure limestone, and of remarkably uniform composition.

    “The following record of tests of strength, etc., made on various specimens of this stone by Gen. Gillmore, will be useful for comparison:  Simpson & Archer’s stone, quarry located four miles east of Spencer, on the Indianapolis & Vincennes railroad; weight of a cubic foot, 140.03 pounds; crushing strength per cubic inch 7,500 pounds; ratio of absorption, 1 : 30.

    Dunn & Co.’s stone, quarry near Bloomington; weight per cubic foot, 137.24 pounds; crushing strength per cubic inch, 13,750 pounds; ratio of absorption, 1 : 43.”

  • Bloomington, Indiana – the Empire Stone Company (The following information is from an advertisement in Stone: An Illustrated Magazine, Vol. XLVI, No. 3, March, 1925, Stone Publishing Co., New York, pp. 174.)

    Empire Stone Company

    Sawed Indiana Limestone

    Main Office: Bloomington, Indiana - Chicago Office: 76 West Monroe Street

  • Bloomington, Indiana - the Hunter Brothers' Stone Co. Quarry Photograph. (The photograph is from Mine and Quarry magazine, Sullivan Machinery Co., Publisher, Chicago, Illinois, Vol. VII. No. 1 - October 1912, page 664A.)
      "Quarry scene at Bloomington, Indiana; Hunter Brothers' Stone Co.  One of the Sullivan 'Y-8' Channelers shown has cut 6,000 square feet in ten consecutive days, putting down a 12-foot cut 50 feet long each day."  Hunter Brothers' Stone Co
  • Bloomington, Indiana - Independent Limestone Co. Limestone Quarry (present-day company) (photographs)
  • Bloomington, Indiana – J. Hoadley & Sons Co., Inc. (The following information is from an advertisement in Stone: An Illustrated Magazine, Vol. XLVI, No. 3, March, 1925, Stone Publishing Co., New York, pp. 136.)

    J. Hoadley & Sons Co., Inc., Bloomington, Indiana

    Cut Stone Contractors and Quarrymen

    Indiana Limestone

    A constant growth since 1884

  • Bloomington,Indiana- A Stone Quarry.
    (postcard photograph #D3925; The Indiana News Company, Indianapolis, Ind.; Made in Germany, Dresden-Leipzig-Berlin; Litho-Chrome; postmark  August 11, 1910) Bloomington, Indiana - A Stone Quarry
  • Bloomington, Indiana - “Buried in Stone: Workers for Independent Limestone Company, one of Bloomington’s limestone quarries, share their stories,” by Ashley Lough, in Independent Daily Student at IDSnews.com, Wednesday, October 5, 2005.
  • Bloomington, Indiana - Limestone Quarrying and Processing (circa 1967) (from Mining and Mineral Operations in the United States: A Visitor’s Guide, by Staff, Bureau of Mines, Area Mineral Resource Offices, U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, 1967, pp. 27.)

    “Anyone who has traveled extensively will certainly have seen famous buildings faced in large part with Indiana limestone.

    “Ind. 37. - Bloomington, Oolitic, and Bedford are centers of stone production (circa 1967). Many of the Nation’s most famous buildings are partially constructed of Indiana oolitic limestone from this area. Quarries are visible from Ind. 37 at Oolitic. Numerous quarries and finishing mills are in the area. Inquire locally for permission to visit finishing mills and quarries.”

  • Bloomington, Indiana - Rogers Crown Quarry - “Rogers Group Buys Indiana Quarry Firm,” January 9, 2002, in National Business Journal.

    This 2002 article states that the Rogers Group, based in Nashville, Tennessee, purchased the assets of BMI Crown Quarry in Bloomington, Indiana, from Blackwell Moore Inc. The name was changed to the Rogers Crown Quarry and sells crushed stone, sand, gravel, asphalt, highway construction and concrete masonry.

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