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Quarries in New England

When we think of quarries today, two things often come to mind: the joy of cliff jumping and the horror of serious injuries and drownings. But before many of these quarries were closed and filled with water, these working, open-pit mines were the source of stone that was used to make significant landmarks, buildings and memorials. Granite from one of the Quincy quarries was used to make the Bunker Hill Monument and Minot’s Light. Granite from a quarry in Maine was used for President John F. Kennedy’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. The last active Quincy quarry closed in 1963, but there are still active quarries in New England, some of which are used for the most current trend, the ubiquitous granite counter-top. — Thea Breite and Lisa Tuite

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