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Montello in Marquette County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Montello Granite
 
Montello Granite Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 28, 2007
1. Montello Granite Marker
 
Inscription. This quarry was once Montello's leading industry, with approximately 200 employees. It was recognized for its paving blocks covering streets in several cities, its crushed granite for various usages, and most of all, for its beautiful hard monuments. The choosing of Grant's Tomb from this quarry was made after 280 other samples from all over the world found Montello granite to be the strongest and finest.

The larger quarry hole is approximately 150 feet in depth. The University of Wisconsin drilled a small test hole over 900 feet deep and still found the same granite.

There once was a Catholic Church located upon the protruding granite, which was removed when the mining began.

The Troost family were part-owners and operators of the quarry for four generations. When it was considered no longer efficient to operate, it was shut down and sold to Irv Daggett in 1977. He, in turn, sold off parcels where the water tower, the post office, and Kwik Trip now stand and gave the City the parcel in front of the two falls. In 1992, he supervised and paid for the construction of the four falls which flow year-round, with the City paying for the electricity to pump the water.

Ten acres which encompass the five waterfalls, the nativity scene, and the small Church that plays religious music is presently being deeded,
 
Montello Granite Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 28, 2007
2. Montello Granite Marker
 
a percentage annually, to a Charitable trust in the hopes it will remain the same.
 
Location. 43° 47.544′ N, 89° 19.608′ W. Marker is in Montello, Wisconsin, in Marquette County. Marker is at the intersection of East Montello Street (State Highway 22 & 23) and Main Street (State Highway 22), on the right when traveling west on East Montello Street. Click for map. Marker is in Daggett Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Montello WI 53949, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Montello Historical District (within shouting distance of this marker); John Muir Memorial Park (approx. 7.8 miles away); John Muir, Foster Son of Wisconsin (approx. 7.8 miles away); The Wee White Kirk (approx. 8.5 miles away); Walter March Ellis (approx. 8.8 miles away); John Muir Country (approx. 9.8 miles away); Princeton Cattle Fair (approx. 10.3 miles away); American Legion Post 366 War Memorial (approx. 10.4 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These are markers for Grant's Tomb.
 
Also see . . .  Grant Monument Association. Overview pages: "Inside a circular crypt, on ground level, are sarcophagi containing the remains of President and Mrs. Grant. The sarcophagi are made of red granite from Montello, Wisconsin, and each weighs 8 tons." (Submitted on November 15, 2007.) 
 
Montello Granite Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, May 30, 2011
3. Montello Granite Marker
 
 
Montello Granite Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William J. Toman, May 30, 2011
4. Montello Granite Marker
The water tower and Kwik Trip mentioned in the marker are in the background. The post office mentioned in the marker is on the other side of the Kwik Trip.
 
 
Quarry Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 28, 2007
5. Quarry
 
 
Quarry Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, October 28, 2007
6. Quarry
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,133 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   3, 4. submitted on June 1, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   5, 6. submitted on November 15, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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