Bass Island Brownstone Company Quarry

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Bass Island Brownstone Company Quarry
Basswood Island Wisconsin Brownstone Company Quarry Path.jpg
Path to the quarry
Bass Island Brownstone Company Quarry is located in Wisconsin
Bass Island Brownstone Company Quarry
Nearest city La Pointe, Wisconsin
Coordinates 46°49′56″N 90°45′20″W / 46.83222°N 90.75556°W / 46.83222; -90.75556Coordinates: 46°49′56″N 90°45′20″W / 46.83222°N 90.75556°W / 46.83222; -90.75556
Area 9.7 acres (3.9 ha)
Built 1893
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 78000075[1]
Added to NRHP March 29, 1978

The Bass Island Brownstone Company Quarry, also known as the Basswood Island Quarry, on Basswood Island in Lake Superior was operational from 1868 to 1893. The brownstone was first used for construction of the second Milwaukee County Courthouse, now demolished. The quarry, now filled with water, is about 200 feet (61 m) long and about 25 feet (7.6 m) deep. Blocks of sandstone remain, together with the rusting remains of quarrying machinery. All company buildings and workers' cabins have disappeared.[2]

Other buildings built with the quarry's product include the old Chicago Tribune building, the Landmark Chapel at the Forest Home Cemetery and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, both in Milwaukee.[2] The island and quarry are presently included in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and are administered by the National Park Service.[3] The quarry was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 29, 1978.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b Barnes, Herschel L.D. (July 23, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Bass Island Brownstone Quarry" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Map". National Park Service. Retrieved 26 October 2011.