North Creek in Warren County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Garnet is a metamorphic rock formed under intense pressure and heat. Imperfect crystals fracture with sharp cutting edges that are nearly as hard as a diamond, making them ideal abrasives. Perfect garnet crystals are cut as gemstones.
Today, Barton Mines owns and operates mining and milling operations on nearby Ruby Mountain and on the coast of Western Australia. The North Creek facility is the world's oldest continuously operating garnet mine, producing material for cutting, specialty lapping and grinding, sandblasting and abrasive coatings. It also yields granite blocks that are sold to manufacturers of countertops and tiles. The building that is now used as the ticket office for the Upper Hudson River Railroad was once used to store garnet awaiting shipment on the Adirondack Railroad and later, the D&H Railroad.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
Location. 43° 42.169′ N, 73° 59.331′ W. Marker is in North Creek, New York, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from Railroad Place. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Creek NY 12853, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Adirondack Railway Company (here, next to this marker); North Creek Depot (a few steps from this marker); Engine House (a few steps from this marker); Theodore Roosevelt (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Theodore Roosevelt (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to North Creek (a few steps from this marker); North Creek Railway Station (a few steps from this marker); North Creek Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Creek.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 2, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 796 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 2, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. 4, 5. submitted on August 30, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.