History of Sandstone in Orleans County NY (Hardcover)
For almost 100 years, the quarrying of sandstone was a major industry in Orleans County in Western NY. At its peak in the early 1900's, almost 50 quarries employed upwards of 2000 men to mine a unique variety of Medina sandstone. This book explores the geology of how and when the stone was formed, the rise and fall of the regional quarry industry and what remains today. Nearly 100 color and vintage black and white photos help tell the story of the products, work conditions, methods and equipment used to quarry the stone. The experiences of some of the many immigrants who toiled in the quarries are presented along with photos of some stone structures that remain as prominent reminders of a bygone era. An extensive list of references used in the preparing this book is also provided.