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Berea in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Berea Sandstone Quarries

 
 
Berea Sandstone Quarries Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, November 3, 2007
1. Berea Sandstone Quarries Marker
Inscription. For more than ninety years, this area was the heart and soul of Berea's sandstone quarries. In the early 1830s, John Baldwin discovered that the area's sandstone deposits made superb grindstones and building stones. in the 1840s, thriving sandstone quarries developed and became Berea's lifeblood. Searching for the "American Dream," German, Irish, Italian, Hungarian, and Polish immigrants, among others came here to work. The quarries eventually encompassed nearly 250 acres and consumed the fashionable houses of Berea's "South Side" and the buildings of Baldwin University. The Cuyahoga County Court House, Ohio's Capitol, and Canada's parliament buildings are among many structures in North America and Europe constructed of Berea sandstone. Decreasing demand for sandstone and the Great Depression closed the last of Berea's quarries in the mid-1903's.
 
Erected 1998 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Berea Historical Society, City of Berea, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 16-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 21.925′ N, 81° 51.099′ W. Marker is in Berea, Ohio
Close-up of map on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, November 3, 2007
2. Close-up of map on the marker
, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Berea Commons. Click for map. The marker is located at the north sidewalk around Coe Lake. This is behind the Berea Commons on the east side of the parking area for the 'Commons', the Berea Library, and the City Police Department. Marker is in this post office area: Berea OH 44017, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The “Big Quarry” (here, next to this marker); The Berea Triangle (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Congregational United Church of Christ of Berea (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lyceum Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baldwin University (approx. 0.6 miles away); Berea District Seven School (approx. mile away); Berea Union Depot (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Ark (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berea.
 
Regarding Berea Sandstone Quarries. For pictures of buildings built of Berea sandstone, see these other historic markers in town; Lyceum Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baldwin University (approx. 0.6 miles away).

For pictures of one of the quarries, see the “Big Quarry” Marker in Berea.
 
Also see . . .  Entry on Berea Sandstone at Ohio History Central. (Submitted on April 20, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
Berea Commons seen behind the marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, November 3, 2007
3. Berea Commons seen behind the marker

 
Categories. 20th CenturyNatural ResourcesNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 3,300 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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