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Where Does Limestone Come From?

1875 View of Gasconade Street Quarry on Mississippi River - Excerpted from Compton & Dry's Pictorial St LouisThe original town site of St. Louis was situated on limestone bluffs high above the Mississippi where the Gateway Arch now stands. Roads actually had to be cut down to the riverfront through the bluffs. By the 1830s, enough limestone had been quarried away to construct a levee for the growing steamboat trade. The limestone side walls of the Old Cathedral, built during this period, probably were quarried at the riverfront.

Quarry Scene, Hoosier Quarry, Bedford Indiana - One of many interesting images from the Stone Quarries and Beyond website at http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~quarries/ St. Louis limestone never developed as a major building material. Most large limestone buildings are made of Indiana limestone from Bedford, Indiana. This is a view of a quarry in the early 1900s.












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More About Stone

Limestone
  Where Does It Come From?
  Limestone in St Louis Buildings
Granite
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  Granite in St Louis Buildings
Marble
  Where Does It Come From?
  Looking at Marble in St Louis

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Pictorial St Louis 1875
Old Cathedral
Stone Quarries and Beyond

 

 

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