April 21, 2014
The work performed at 110-year-old quarry showcases why aggregate mining is important.
The Buffalo Crushed Stone quarry in Lancaster, N.Y. has been providing product that builds pavements and structures throughout its surrounding community since the site opened in 1904, WGRZ reports.
“If you’ve taken a vacation out of Buffalo, you’ve driven on the Thruway or on the airport runway,” Gary Nelson, the site’s Quality Control Manager and Geologist, told WGRZ. “We build all of that right from the product — right from this quarry.”
The quarry also offers mining and geology education to students in the community, as well as other opportunities for its neighbors. Nelson told WGRZ that the rocks on the site are 10 to 12 million year old and that “you can see the differences in the rock” from up close.
The 734-acre quarry is 1.5 miles long, 3/4 miles wide and 100 feet deep. Nelson told WGRZ the quarry is likely the largest in the state, and the operation produces about 100 tons of hard limestone each year.
Nelson said the site still has plenty of land to mine and he expects the site to continue mining for at least 75 more years.