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Indiana Stone Industry in 1894

Excerpts from the

"Sixteenth Annual Report of the United States Geological Survey
Part IV.-Mineral Resources of the United States, 1894, Nonmetallic Products."

Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey
Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C., 1895.

Excerpts from the chapter on "Stone," by William C. Day:

The Indiana Sandstone Industry in the Mid-1890s:

Indiana is widely known for oolitic limestone rather than for other varieties. Sandstone is produced to a limited extent in the following counties: Warren, Fountain, Orange, and Putnam.

The sandstone of Orange County deserves especial mention on account of its value for abrasive purposes. This stone is said to need no oil to soften it, but is used with water alone, and it appears to be very popular for the purpose of sharpening tools. It has been very highly recommended for razor hones and for sharpening axes ad knives. It is found chiefly in the western part of Orange County, and appears to be produced in no other county of the State. Much of it is shipped in the rough to various points in New York to be sawed.

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