Tag Archives: Quarries

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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The Loading Dock (Granite Pier), Rockport, Mass., 1908

This postcard provides a view of the level of industry that once dominated Granite Pier in Rockport. Now primarily used to launch and moor recreational boats and some lobster boats, Granite Pier was once the primary point of transit for … Continue reading

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Stone Bridge, Rockport Granite Co., c. 1906

As I noted in an earlier post, the Rockport Granite Company built this 65-f00t arched bridge in 1872. It took just 11 weeks to build and, at the time, was one of the largest bridges in the state. The view … Continue reading

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Steel Derrick Quarry, as an Active Quarry Circa 1910

Today, Steel Derrick Quarry is a popular swimming spot for locals. At the time this picture was taken, it was an active granite quarry, one of two owned by the Pigeon Hill Granite Co. Founded in 1870, Pigeon Hill was … Continue reading

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Granite Quarry, Rockport, Mass., circa 1910

As I noted in an earlier post, granite quarrying was long a major activity in Rockport, with granite first commercially excavated here in 1823. The most prominent of the quarry companies, the Rockport Granite Company, was in business from 1865 … Continue reading

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