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LS14292_000
Huge Block of Marble Being Hoisted from the Quarry

Title:
Huge Block of Marble Being Hoisted from the Quarry
Town:
West Rutland
County:
Rutland
State:
Vermont
Date:
1903
Description:
This stereoview depicts a large block of marble being hoisted from a quarry in West Rutland. In the background, steam drilling is visible. Other machinery can be seen in the lighted end of the quarry by the opening through the shaft. Several workers are visible. A man is hunched over in the foreground with a large metal cylinder in his hands. Written on the back of the image: "The great marble quarries of the United States are at West Rutland, Vermont. Here the marble lies in layers varying in color, thickness, and hardness and entering the hillside at an angle nowhere less than twenty-five degrees. Marble of good quality is seldom found near the surface because of the action of the atmospheric forces. The slant must be great enough to carry the strata below the action of frost and sun. In earlier days, blocks were blasted out and many a good ton of marble spoiled. Now gunpowder is only used for uncovering those solid layers which lie under others that have been spoiled by rain and frost and sun. When the solid marble is reached, blocks are channeled round with drills and then "gadded up" by drilling a line of holes six inches apart into which iron wedges are driven cleaving and raising the blocks from their beds, to be hoisted out by derricks. In the great pits, growing deeper and wider every year, men and engines delve through every season, in sunshine or storm."
Filename:
LS14292_000.jpg
Size:
5513 x 2719 pixels; 6340553 bytes
Original Filename:
PMKB_0018.jpg
Original Metadata:
13703--Huge Block of Marble Being Hoisted from the Quarry, West Rutland, Vt., U.S.A. The great marble quarries of the United States are at West Rutland, Vermont. Here the marble lies in layers varying in color, thickness, and hardness and entering the hillside at an angle nowhere less than twenty-five degrees. Marble of good quality is seldom found near the surface because of the action of the atmospheric forces. The slant must be great enough to carry the strata below the action of frost and sun./ In earlier days, blocks were blasted out and many a good ton of marble spoiled. Now gunpowder is only used for uncovering those solid layers which lie under others that have been spoiled by rain and frost and sun. When the solid marble is reached, blocks are channeled round with drills and then ""gadded up"" by drilling a line of holes six inches apart into which iron wedges are driven cleaving and raising the blocks from their beds, to be hoisted out by derricks. In the great pits, growing deeper and wider every year, men and engines delve through every season, in sunshine or storm.
Keywords:
Quarries and quarrying; Cranes,derricks,etc.; Culture; Drilling and boring machinery; Earth Materials; Geology; Human Activity; Human Constructs; Machinery; Marble; Marble industry and trade; Men; Nature; People; Rocks; Rocks,Metamorphic; Work;
Source:
The Vermont Marble Museum
Submitted By:
Kristina Brown
Submitted On:
2008-06-11
Original Media:
Stereoview
Scanning/Digitization/Creation Notes:
MacBook OS X Version 10.5.2 CanoScan LiDE 90
Image Scanned By:
Kristina Brown
Publisher:
Keystone View Company
Relative Dating Rationale:
Original Metadata
Times viewed:
496
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