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Belgium in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

About the Quarry and the Limestone

 
 
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By Devon Polzar, 2018
1. About the Quarry and the Limestone Marker
Inscription. The depth of the old quarry is about 45 feet, and its area is 23 acres, so you can see that a great quantity of stone was removed from it. Mules pulled rock-filled carts along tracks from various places in the quarry to one central location, a ramp, where the mule was unhitched from the cart. A cable then proceeded to pull the carts up the ramp to the crusher which broke and sorted the rock into three different sizes.

The rock is actually dolomitic limestone, which is a limestone containing magnesium. The inclusion of magnesium makes dolomite (calcium magnesium carbonate) harder than "pure" limestone (calcium carbonate).

This particular dolomitic limestone was deposited on the floor of the ancient Devonian Sea whose waters covered this area between 400 million and 350 million years ago! At present, Wisconsin exhibits only a narrow belt of this rock in eastern Sheboygan, Ozaukee and Milwaukee Counties. Devonian rock layers are often rich in fossils.
 
Location. 43° 29.616′ N, 87° 47.618′ W. Marker is in Belgium, Wisconsin, in Ozaukee County. Touch for map. The marker is located within Harrington Beach State Park (531 County Rd. D, Belgium, WI 53004). The marker is along the Stonehaven Historical Trail. The trail starts just south of the

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By Devon Polzar, 2018
2. About the Quarry and the Limestone Marker
Ansay Welcome Center. Marker is in this post office area: Belgium WI 53004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fire! Fire! Fire! (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); The Krier House (within shouting distance of this marker); Stone Crusher (within shouting distance of this marker); A Reminder of Days Past (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Booming Business to Quiet Park (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belgium.
 
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About the Quarry and the Limestone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2018
3. About the Quarry and the Limestone Marker
Stonehaven Historical Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2018
4. Stonehaven Historical Trail Marker
 
 
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 54 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.
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