Granite quarry, Hancock County

Contributed by Maine Granite Industry Historical Society

Description

Granite quarrying began as early as 1870 on Mount Desert Island at Hall's Quarry. It required the brute strength of both man and ox.

Teamsters with their oxen or horses were paid $1.50 a day. Quarrymen consisting mostly of Italian, Swedish, Finnish and Scottish men were paid $2 for a 10-hour work day.

Four major companies operated at Hall's Quarry from 1870 to 1965: Standard Granite Company, followed by McMullen Granite Co., Booth Brothers and Hurricane Island Granite Company, and Grenci and Ellis Granite Co.

All shipped stone for major building contracts all over the United States.

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About This Item

  • Title: Granite quarry, Hancock County
  • Creation Date: circa 1890
  • Subject Date: circa 1890
  • Town: Mount Desert
  • County: Hancock
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Granite Industry Historical Society
62 Beech Hill Crossroad, Mount Desert, ME 04660
(207) 244-0175
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