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  • Ryegate, Caledonia County, Vermont - the Frazer Granite Quarry (formerly known as Hall’s Quarry) (from The Commercial Granites of New England, Bulletin 738, by T. Nelson Dale, Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1923.)

    The Fraser Quarry was located “on the southwest side of the southeast spur of Blue Mountain, about 950 feet above South Ryegate.” The granite from the quarry is light to medium gray in color with a medium to coarse texture. When measured, the quarry was about 300 feet square and had a depth from 5 to 20 feet. Granite from this quarry was carted 3 ½ miles to South Ryegate. By the time of the report in 1923, the quarry was no longer in operation.

  • Ryegate, Caledonia County, Vermont - the Gibson Granite Quarry (from The Commercial Granites of New England, Bulletin 738, by T. Nelson Dale, Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1923.)

    The Gibson Quarry was located “on the southwest side of Blue Mountain, 940 feet above the village of South Ryegate.” About 1923 the operator was the Ryegate Granite Works company of South Ryegate. The granite was called “Ryegate” and is a light to medium gray color with a medium texture.

    Accessory minerals: Titanite, zircon crystals, apatite, and pyrite. Secondary minerals: Epidote, kaolin, and white mica.

    The Gibson Quarry opened in 1906. When it was measured in 1907 the quarry was about 200 feet square and had a depth from 2 to 4 feet. Transport of the granite was by cart 3 miles to the cutting sheds at South Ryegate, 940 lower.

    The granite from the Gibson Quarry was used for monuments and bases “and to some extent for building.”

  • Ryegate, Caledonia County, Vermont - the Italian Granite Quarry (from The Commercial Granites of New England, Bulletin 738, by T. Nelson Dale, Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1923.)

    The Italian Quarry was located “on the southwest side of Blue Mountain, 940 feet above the village of South Ryegate and about 400 feet N. 60° W. from the Gibson Quarry.” About 1923 the operator was Rinaldo Tonelli of South Ryegate. The granite from this quarry is a light to medium gray color with a medium texture, which is reportedly identical with the granite from the Morrison and Gibson quarries.

    The Italian Quarry opened in May, 1907. In August of that year the quarry measured about 250 by 100 feet and had a depth of 5 feet. The granite from this quarry was by cart 3 miles to South Ryegate.

    The granite from the Italian Quarry was used for bases and hammered monuments.

  • Ryegate, Caledonia County, Vermont - the Morrison Granite Quarry (from The Commercial Granites of New England, Bulletin 738, by T. Nelson Dale, Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1923.)

    The Morrison Quarry was located “on the southwest side of Blue Mountain, in Ryegate, about 940 feet above the village of South Ryegate and about 700 feet southeast of the Gibson quarry.” The 1923 report indicated that the last operator had been D. A. Morrison and that the quarry had been abandoned in 1915. Granite from this quarry is medium gray in color with a medium texture.

    The quarry opened in 1900. When the quarry was measured in 1907 it was about 400 by 200 feet, and it had an average depth of 20 feet. Transport of the granite was by cart 3 miles to South Ryegate, 940 feet lower.

    The granite from the Morrison Quarry was used for bases and hammered monuments.

  • Ryegate, Caledonia County, Vermont - the Rosa Granite Quarry (from The Commercial Granites of New England, Bulletin 738, by T. Nelson Dale, Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1923.)

    The Rosa Quarry was located “on the northeast side of a southeast spur of Blue Mountain, about 300 feet below its top and in line with its main axis. This quarry is about one-third of a mile by rail from the Frazer Quarry and about 1,100 feet above South Ryegate.” At the time of the 1923 report, the operator was Rosa Bros. of South Ryegate.

    There were two kinds of granite in the quarry. One of the granite is “Fine Gray,” which had a medium-gray color with a fine texture. The other granite was “Coarse Gray,” which has a medium bluish gray color with a medium texture.

    Accessory minerals: Apatite, zircon crystals, titanite. Secondary minerals: Kaolin, a white mica, epidote, limonite.

    The Rosa Quarry was opened in 1906 and by 1907 measured about 150 by 75 feet and had a depth from 10 to 25 feet. The granite was transported by cart nearly 4 miles to the cutting shed at South Ryegate.

    The granite from the Rosa Quarry was used for hammered and rock-faced monuments and bases.

  • Slate in Vermont (July 1892) The Manufacturer and Builder, Vol. 24, Issue 7, July 1892, pg. 158. (Article in digital images viewed at American Memory, Library of Congress.)
  • Slate Quarries in Vermont, presented by the Vermont Geological Society. The Slate Building Stone Quarrying and Refining Process.
  • Sodom, Vermont, Patch & Company - Granite (8 miles from Montpelier). Black and White Photograph of Patch & Company - Granite, Sodom, Vermont
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  • South Barre, Vermont - Also see: Barre, Vermont & East Barre, Vermont.
  • South Barre, Vermont – Dunham & Jackson, South Barre Granite Works (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.)

    Dunham & Jackson,
    South Barre Granite Works,

    Manufacturers of First-Class Monumental Work From best Dark Blue and Light Barre Granite.
    Furnished to Order, Polished, Cut, or in the Rough. Shops and Mills, at Barre and South Barre, Vermont. Please send on your designs for our
    prices. The Trade only Supplied. South Barre, VT.

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