Contributed by Maine Granite Industry Historical Society
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.
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
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Standardized Subject Headings
- Scottish Americans
- Granite quarrying--Maine--Hancock Co.
- Stone quarrying
- Swedish Americans
- Finnish Americans
- Ox teams
- Italian Americans
- Animal teams
- Cyrus J. Hall
- granite company
- Hall Quarry
- Mount Desert Island
- stone quarry
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Granite Industry Historical Society
62 Beech Hill Crossroad, Mount Desert, ME 04660
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