Hallowell, Maine, to display piece of granite history

April 26, 2013

old Hallowell quarry
A drawing depicts an old Hallowell quarry at work using several derrick cranes. (Photo: Last crane standing / Facebook)

The Hallowell City Council in Maine has approved the installation of a historical granite crane in Waterfront Park, Kennebec Journal reported.

The city received the crane as a gift a decade ago.

The installation will cost $25,000 to $30,000, which Hallowell residents who have taken part in the project are trying to raise.

The crane is special to the city because in the last half of the 19th century, cranes in Hallowell’s quarries, cutting sheds and railroad moved tons of granite.

The donated crane’s Waterfront Park location is near the spot where a granite crane sat in the late 19th century and moved slabs of granite onto ships, according to Al Hague, a Hallowell resident actively working on the project.

The crane was discovered in the remains of Hussey Quarry, formerly owned by Hallowell Granite Co. It has two 35-foot hexagon wooden beams: one stationary vertical mast held in place by four guy wires, and one boom attached to the mast at a 45-degree angle.

When discovered, the crane was still suspending pieces of granite from cables at the end of the boom.

Though a few of the cranes parts needed to be repaired or replaced, the crane was in good shape, which Hague attributed to the crane falling on granite rather than wet ground.

Once installed, the crane will feature large chunks of granite mimicking the stone in a quarry as well as sign with information about the history of the granite industry in Hallowell.

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