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Niagara Falls, Ontario
Latlng: (43.154969, -79.087835)
|Date||Feb 24 2013|
|City||Niagara Falls, Ontario|
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Quarry operations circa 1876. Saws were not used to cut the stone. Instead, blocks were split from the outcrop using the traditional "plug and feather" technique, and trimmed by hand.
A brochure from 1929 called "Queenston Silver Grey Dolomite" gives slightly different details of its history. It claims that the first known owner was John Brown: he contracted out the operation of the quarry, which from 1871 to 1878 employed 600 men.
Company picnic for quarry workers, ca 1890. I am curious where this is though - that hill in the background is far too high to be in this area. It seems too high for Niagara in general.
Stone from here was notably used in: locks for 2nd Welland Canal, Brock's Monument, Governor General's residence in Ottawa, Power House in NF, east block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada House in London, England, and some of the buildings at McMaster & Queens University.
The Queenston quarry, as depicted in the Lincoln and Welland Atlas of 1876. Circled at the back right are the buildings with remains still to be found at this OAP location.
The same buildings depicted here in an early photograph from the south side of the quarry.
The area as it looks today. The escarpment edge can be seen immediately to the north with Niagara-on-the-Lake below.
Hand-held GPS coords for these buildings, as this area is thick with underbrush in the summertime: 1 - N 43 9.299 W 79 5.270 2 - N 43 9.326 W 79 5.292 3 - N 43 9.343 W 79 5.267