Tags: Vermont

From the quarry to the cemetery

Jul 08, 2015

From the quarry to the cemetery

‘When our forefathers crossed the ocean and settled in this country, it was not long before the tombstone cutter made his appearance, and with his wagon load of slate and marble slabs, he journeyed through the towns, and when he ...

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Paving Barre’s future

Jun 08, 2015

Paving Barre’s future

‘The confusion…between hardness and toughness, has led to serious practical errors in the choice of materials for roads, inasmuch as the attention has been often directed exclusively to their hardness , without any regard being had of their toughness .’ Charles ...

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Vermont governor signs $616 million transportation bill

May 28, 2015

Vermont governor signs $616 million transportation bill

  Just as the federal government patches the national transportation fund, Vermont’s governor signed into law a bill to send hundreds of millions to transportation funding. The Vermont Business Journal reported that Governor Peter Shumlin had the backdrop of a new bridge ...

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In the 1800s, teamsters got an early lesson on the economics of transporting granite during the construction of Vermont’s second state house

May 01, 2015

In the 1800s, teamsters got an early lesson on the economics of transporting granite during the construction of Vermont’s second state house

“The walls of the exterior are of granite, which shews the architectural details to great advantage.” — Zaddock Thompson, 1842, History of Vermont, Part Second, p. 132 Barre Granite, the topic of this series of articles, had achieved recognition as an ...

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Tales from an Old Timer

Apr 01, 2015

Tales from an Old Timer

“Stones that are very large, and which cannot with ease be removed whole , may be blown to pieces with gunpowder. They will be not only more handy for removing, but far better to put into walls. For the blowing ...

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There, the name is Barre

Jan 05, 2015

There, the name is Barre

Sept. 3, 1793. “The combatants advanced upon each other, and soon Thompson, by a well-directed blow, brought his antagonist to the floor, and springing upon him at full length, began to aim his heavy blows at his head and face; but ...

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Art, music, fire festival celebrates granite mining history

Jun 12, 2014

Art, music, fire festival celebrates granite mining history

Several old granite quarries will be repurposed this month for an event involving art, music and fire. The third annual RockFire expected to bring 2,000 attendees to the former mining sites in Millstone Hill, Vt., on June 27-28, according the event’s ...

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Photographer displays quarry art in Vermont

Apr 01, 2013

Photographer displays quarry art in Vermont

Photographer Don Ross turns quarries into art. The photo shown above is one example of his work. Ross has been photographing quarries in Vermont for more than 20 years, making them look much like an abstract painting, according to Broadway World. Ross, ...

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