December 11, 2017
While visiting Dolese Bros.‘ Richards Spur Quarry near Lawton, Okla., I was taken to the boneyard to check out a treasure trove of old mining equipment. According to Melvin Barks, operations manager at the quarry, Roger Dolese had a rigorous standard for storing anything and everything, including old equipment, which had to be 2 feet off the ground. It paid off in keeping this equipment organized and in fairly good condition.
“Every quarry has a boneyard, but in our boneyard, we have one row I call “Antique Row” that has old equipment that was used here or at some of our other quarries,” Barks says. “Looking back at how mining has developed over the years from the turn of the century when we started here, they didn’t have the equipment we have today. You wonder how they did it. This row will tell you how.”