|Merrill Quarry, Crotch Island, Stonington - click to enlarge|
Photo: Maine Granite Industry Historical Society via www.mainememory.net
It's hard and dangerous work cutting down a mountain (albeit small ones) that's how you get to quarry granite. Granite itself is hard igneous rock (formed by fire) and on the Maine coast scraped bare by the glaciers that pushed through here about 10,000 years ago. Granite comes in many colors, the most familiar being gray and pink from Maine; other colors come from different continents or parts or North America.
|Immigrant workers, Hall Quarry, Mount Desert Island c1905 click to enlarge|
Maine Granite Industry Historical Society via www.mainememory.net
|Cutting sheds, Benvenue Granite, Stonington c1912 - click to enlarge|
Photo: Maine Historical Society via www.mainememory.net