Hains Ledge Quarry, Lithgow Hill, Hallowell, ca. 1890

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Hains Ledge Quarry, Lithgow Hill, Hallowell, ca. 1890

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John Hains came to Hallowell in 1785 and purchased land three miles west of the village. His property included a large amount of easily worked surface granite and came to be known as Hains Ledge.

The first stone taken out was used for foundation stones, mill stones and door steps. Beginning in 1815 large stones were cut and shipped to Boston for the cornice stones of Quincy Market. Large scale commercial quarrying began after the Civil War when the Hallowell Granite Company and the Bodwell Granite Company were organized. Hallowell's prized white granite became very popular and was used in ornamental building stone, statuary and public monuments throughout the United States.

When concrete and steel became the construction materials of choice the granite industry went into decline. The last commercial activity in the Hains Quarry took place in the early 1950s when Lewis Gipson worked alone to produce gravestones on demand.

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  • Title: Hains Ledge Quarry, Lithgow Hill, Hallowell, ca. 1890
  • Creation Date: circa 1890
  • Subject Date: circa 1890
  • Local Name: Hains Ledge Quarry
  • Town: Hallowell
  • County: Kennebec
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 24.5 cm x 31.5 cm
  • Local Code: CP008001
  • Collection: Gerald Mahoney Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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