Tag Archives: Quarries

Rockport Granite Eagle for Boston’s Custom House Tower, c. 1914

In 1908, planning began to expand the Custom House on State Street in Boston, originally built in 1837. The preeminent architecture firm Peabody and Stearns won the commission for the design. When expanding horizontally proved unfeasible, the idea was hatched … Continue reading

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Granite Delivery and Wharf, Rockport, Mass., c. 1909

This postcard shows two separate wharves where granite was loaded onto schooners for shipment to places near and far. In the foreground is the present-day Granite Pier, then the wharf of the Rockport Granite Co. Behind it is the wharf … Continue reading

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Blondon, Bay View, c. 1915 (In Honor of Barbara Erkkila)

I was sorry to learn about the death this week of Barbara Erkkila. A longtime journalist and historian, her 1980 book, Hammers on Stone: The History of Cape Ann Granite, is the definitive account of granite quarrying in Gloucester and … Continue reading

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Found on the Web: Steel Derrick Quarry, 1906

This is the Upper Pit quarry of the Pigeon Hill Granite Company, which is known today as Steel Derrick quarry. This picture was taken in 1906 for the U.S. Geological Survey. The view looks out over the quarry towards the … Continue reading

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Docks of Pigeon Hill Granite Co., Rockport, Mass., circa 1910

The Pigeon Hill Granite Co.’s wharf was just north of the present-day Granite Pier (which was the Rockport Granite Co.’s wharf). The location was known as Colburn’s point and is now the location of private homes. The building in the … Continue reading

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Oak Knoll, Pigeon Cove, Mass., circa 1918

[Update 1/2/13: Thanks to a comment below, I've identified the present-day location of the former Oak Knoll. See my updated post with photos of the home as it appears today.] Oak Knoll was a boarding house for summer guests in … Continue reading

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Rockport Granite Co’s Quarry (Flat Ledge), circa 1908

This postcard shows the Rockport Granite Company’s quarry, now known as Flat Ledge Quarry, around 1908. Compare this picture with this one of the same quarry. For other posts about the Rockport Granite Company and its quarries, see here. This … Continue reading

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