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Jonesboro in Washington County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Granite Quarry

 
 
Granite Quarry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 11, 2021
1. Granite Quarry Marker
Inscription.  
An 1836 evaluation of Maine's mineral resources found granite to be one of the state's most important commodities. Jonesboro was one of the hubs of granite production in eastern Maine. Fletcher Granite Company described granite from the Bodwell Quarry as Jonesboro Red. The Jonesboro Red has areas of dark pink or muted red predominant among smatterings of light cream. Smoky quartz is generously distributed throughout the stone as well giving Jonesboro Red a polished, nearly flawless appearance. Geology and easy access to water transportation allowed the town of Jonesboro to flourish during the heyday of granite quarrying. The granite industry in this area helped build and develop the town. The quarries provided jobs and some company owners built stores. The economic effects have long since diminished but remnants of its impact can still be found. The largest Jonesboro quarries were the Fish Quarry, Eastern Maine Granite Company, Booth Brothers Quarry and Bodwell Granite Company.

Main Photo: The Bodwell Quarry in Jonesboro, Maine

Inset: Transporting stone to the shipping wharf. 1. Steve Andrews, 2. Cal
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Hatch, 3. Ed Shuman, 4. E. Whitney 5. Arthur Davis, 6. Joe Snowdeal, 7. Will Roney, 8. F.S. Whitney, 9. David Davis
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1836.
 
Location. 44° 39.7′ N, 67° 34.37′ W. Marker is in Jonesboro, Maine, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Harrington Road (U.S. 1) and Station Road, on the right when traveling north on Harrington Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jonesboro ME 04648, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jonesboro War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Jonesboro Union Church (here, next to this marker); Lumber Mill (here, next to this marker); Grange (here, next to this marker); Shipbuilding (here, next to this marker); Hannah Weston Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Hassey’s Riverside Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War I Memorial (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jonesboro.
 
Granite Quarry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 11, 2021
2. Granite Quarry Marker
Jonesboro Historic Sites image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 11, 2021
3. Jonesboro Historic Sites
The Marker is Located in Jonesboro Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 11, 2021
4. The Marker is Located in Jonesboro Memorial Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 14, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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