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

Pot Kiln

 
 
Pot Kiln Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2018
1. Pot Kiln Marker
Inscription. The round structure on the hill is a pot kiln where settlers burned limestone in the late 1800s. This burning changed raw limestone into lime for use as mortar to build fireplaces and fill chinks in log houses and to apply to farm fields as crop fertilizer.

During firing, a limestone arch covered the kiln and cords of hardwood burned underneath for 48 hours. As the temperature climbed to approximately 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, carbon dioxide escaped leaving lime behind. The kiln then cooled for another 48 hours.

Take a look! Lime from the last firing is still on the bottom. Notice how the kiln walls have melted due to intense heat.
 
Location. 43° 29.779′ N, 87° 47.699′ 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 White Cedar Swamp Trail. The trail starts just south of the 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. Little Quarry (a few steps from this marker); The Company Town (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stonehaven Housing (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Company Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); From Booming Business to Quiet Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Reminder of Days Past

Pot Lime Kiln image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2018
2. Pot Lime Kiln
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Destination and Uses of the Limestone (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fire! Fire! Fire! (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belgium.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
White Cedar Swamp Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devon Polzar, 2018
3. White Cedar Swamp Trail Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2018, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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