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Extracting Wealth

Hallowell Granite Works carvers, ca. 1895

Hallowell Granite Works carvers, ca. 1895

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Hubbard Free Library

The state boasted at least 152 quarries that employed about 3,500 workers (who earned some $2 million annually), who not only extracted the granite, but cut it into sizes and shapes that had been ordered for specific projects, and sometime carved it into decorative shapes for buildings across the U.S.

Quarries were in locations all over the state with the largest number in Knox County, followed by Hancock and Washington counties.