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Belgium in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Destination and Uses of the Limestone

 
 
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By Devon Polzar, 2018
1. Destination and Uses of the Limestone Marker
Inscription.  After the rock was crushed, sorted and washed, it was ready to be shipped. A powerful cable would pull the many rock-laden carts along the pier that was constructed out into Lake Michigan. At the end of the pier, ships would wait for their cargoes of limestone. Some of the crushed stone was also old locally, and trucks were used to haul this material.

After reaching its destination the limestone was used primarily in roadbeds. Smaller amounts were also sold as riprap and as flux to help the fusion of metals in blast furnaces.

As time passed, washed gravel was found to be cheaper than crushed stone for roadbed construction. Crushed stone was no longer competitive. In 1925 the directors decided to dissolve the Lake Shore Company and the property was sold. Water soon filled the quarry since no pumps were working. An era had ended.

As one looks at Quarry Lake today, with its beautiful forested shores and sheer rock walls, and hears songbirds and wind blowing through the treetops, it is hard to believe that all of this activity once occurred here.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce

Destination and Uses of the Limestone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2018
2. Destination and Uses of the Limestone Marker
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Location. 43° 29.616′ N, 87° 47.621′ W. Marker is in Belgium, Wisconsin, in Ozaukee County. The marker is located within Harrington Beach State Park along the Stonehaven Historical Trail which starts just south of the Ansay Welcome Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 531 County Rd D, Belgium WI 53004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fire! Fire! Fire! (here, next to this marker); About the Quarry and the Limestone (here, next to this marker); The Company Store (a few steps from this marker); Stonehaven Housing (within shouting distance of this marker); The Krier House (within shouting distance of this marker); Stone Crusher (within shouting distance of this marker); A Reminder of Days Past (within shouting distance of this marker); From Booming Business to Quiet Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belgium.
 
Destination and Uses of the Limestone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2018
3. Destination and Uses of the Limestone Marker
Stonehaven Historical Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2018
4. Stonehaven Historical Trail Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2018, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 87 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 14, 2018, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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