Near Marble Falls Township in Newton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
Arkansas Marble in Washington’s Monument
This marker commemorates the Arkansas marble in Washington’s Monument taken by Beller and Harp Bros. from this hill in 1836.
This marker erected 1954 by Newton County History Society – W. F. Lackey Pres. Manda Hickman Sec.
Erected 1954 by Newton County History Society.
Location. 36° 6.025′ N, 93° 7.886′ W. Marker is near Marble Falls Township, Arkansas, in Newton County. Marker is on State Highway 7 0.1 miles south of Highway 125, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is near the south end of a pullout along the west side of highway 7. It can be difficult to spot in the summertime due to overgrowth of the surrounding underbrush. Marker is in this post office area: Marble Falls AR 72648, United States of America.
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1. Washington Monument Marble Quarry. While there is Arkansas marble in the Washington Monument, the monument is not made entirely of Arkansas marble. Back in the 1830's, when the government was wondering where it was going to get money to buy the materials for the monument, somebody had the bright idea of soliciting donations of building stones from the states and from other sources. In all, 188 stones from around the world were included in the Washington Monument. Arkansas' (Submitted on March 6, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The Marble's Journey to Washington... In 1836, William Harp and his brothers, Elijah and Samuel, with Peter Beller quarried a large block of marble at Marble City by drilling and wedging. They put the marble on a log wagon and, with ten yoke of oxen to pull it, moved it 60 miles across the Boston Mountains to the Arkansas River near Clarksville, where it was shipped to Washington, D.C. The block of marble (with" Arkansas" chiseled on it), along with other memorial stones, is located on the 30 foot level of the Washington Monument. (Submitted on March 6, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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