Fire! Fire! Fire!
Before the stone was quarried, the topsoil had to be removed, and a donkey engine and cars were used to haul the soil or overburden. This overburden was transported to a point about 500' southeast of the quarry. To mine this rock, holes 6" wide and around 30' deep were drilled into the stone, filled with gun-powder, and detonated. This initial blast cracked the limestone. Dynamite was then put into the cracks and exploded, blasting tons of stone down into the quarry. Not all of the stone, however, landed in the quarry as planned; some dropped on nearby houses!!
As many as 150 people, mostly Luxembourgers and Italians worked in and at the quarry. Many families lived on the property in houses built by the company. When quarrying operations came to an end, the houses were moved to the village of Belgium, about 3 miles west of here.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. About the Quarry and the Limestone (here, next to this marker); Destination and Uses of the Limestone (here, next to this marker); The Company Store (a few steps from this marker); Stonehaven Housing (within shouting distance of this marker); Stone Crusher (within shouting distance of this marker); The Steamer Niagara: The Fiery End (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Company Town (about 800 feet away); Wisconsinís Luxembourgers (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belgium.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2018, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 14, 2018, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.