Gloucester in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Cape Ann Granite
Cape Ann lies on an outcropping composed of 450 million-year-old granite polished by glaciers. This particularly dense stone was prized for building monuments, forts, and piers. Blocks of Cape Ann granite were used to build Gloucester's Dale Avenue post office. In the 1800s, it was shipped as far as Cuba and Europe. The quarry business soon rivaled fishing and its work was considered just as dangerous.
The glaciers also deposited miles of terminal moraine boulders. Clamber over boulders on a hike through Ravenswood, Dogtown, or the 12-ton cut slabs of the Dog Bar breakwater.
Erected by Gloucester Harborwalk. (Marker Number 8.)
Location. 42° 36.69′ N, 70° 39.818′ W. Marker is in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from Rogers Street (Massachusetts Route 127) east of Porter Street when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the southwest corner of the public parking lot at this address. Marker is at or near this postal address: 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester MA 01930, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Howard Blackburn (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Alfred (Centennial) Johnson Salting Fish (within shouting distance of this marker); Rocky Neck (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Heberle (about 600 feet away); Samuel Sawyer (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dogtown & Babson Builders (approx. 0.2 miles away); Solomon Jacobs Landing & Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gloucester.
More about this marker. Marker is a composite plaque mounted on a 4-foot tall granite pedestal.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Gloucester Harborwalk
Also see . . .
1. The Cape Ann Quarries.
"The value of the product of the granite quarries of Massachusetts was nearly a million and a half dollars in 1875. There are only three agricultural products which are so valuable to our State. By-the-way, they put ice down in our State census as an agricultural product: that was worth rather over half a million in the same year. The granite, of course, is far ahead of anything else there in the value of its product." (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Granite Quarrying.
The harvesting of granite from quarries dug deep in the earth was big business here on Cape Ann from the 1830s through the early 20th century. Second only to fishing in economic output, for 100 years the granite trade played a pivotal role in the local economy providing jobs for people from throughout New England and around the world, turning profits for some and generating tons and tons of cut granite that was used here on Cape Ann and shipped to ports all along the Atlantic seaboard. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Timeline of Cape Ann Granite.
This link presents a detailed timeline of the Cape Ann Granite industry. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Gloucester Harborwalk 8: Cape Ann Granite.
This link presents vintage quarrying film clips and other information (Submitted on March 26, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.