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Amherst in Lorain County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Sandstone Center of the World

 
 
Sandstone Center of the World Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Light, February 16, 2008
1. Sandstone Center of the World Marker
Inscription.  The City of Amherst was founded in 1811. Beginning in 1847, Amherst developed and prospered around the sandstone industry and its associated quarries. This sandstone proved to be an important economic blessing to our early settlers and is the foundation of Amherst's existence. Amherst sandstone shows lines of stratification or bedding when exposed in sections. Its natural beauty is enhanced by a virtual spectrum of rich and unique colors including deep reds, browns, yellows, and shades of gray. Amherst sandstone is well known for its quality, durability, and rich texture and has been utilized across our nation and throughout the world. Amherst is literally and figuratively built upon a rock, which extends deep in the earth.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Amherst Committee for the Ohio Bicentennial, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 14-47.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1811.
 
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41° 23.9′ N, 82° 13.622′ W. Marker is in Amherst, Ohio, in Lorain County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Park, Cleveland, Milan Streets on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Amherst OH 44001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Village of South Amherst Town Hall (approx. 2.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); Honor Roll (approx. 2.9 miles away); Helen Steiner Rice (approx. 4.6 miles away); Quincy A. Gillmore (approx. 4.7 miles away); General Quincy Adams Gillmore (approx. 4.7 miles away); Lakeview Park War Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away).
 
Sandstone Center of the World Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Light, February 16, 2008
2. Sandstone Center of the World Marker
Grindstone from the local quarry image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Light, February 16, 2008
3. Grindstone from the local quarry
Quarry located south of Amherst along the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I90) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Light, February 16, 2008
4. Quarry located south of Amherst along the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I90)
Sandstone Quarry by Ohio Historical Society image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Light, February 16, 2008
5. Sandstone Quarry by Ohio Historical Society
Sandstone being extracted from quarry, near South Amherst, Lorain County, Ohio, ca. 1940-1949 (AL00370).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,861 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 19, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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