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Re: Granite Curbing stone in Union Square


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Posted by Stannous Flouride on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 09:30:06 :

In Reply to: Re: Granite Curbing stone in Union Square posted by Stannous Flouride on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 16:30:06 :

: : Our company salvaged the large slabs of granite stone used as curbing in Union Square about eight years ago. I am trying to locate where they were originally quarried from, who the original masons were and hopefully some photos of when they were in place. Any information about them would be greatly appreciated.

: : Thank you.

: It is likely that they came from Raymond, Madera County. The nearest large granite quarry that dates to the correct era. I've asked the proprietors if they know.
: http://www.cagenweb.com/quarries/states/ca/quarry_photo/ca-madera_photos.html

The nice folks over there sent me this email, confirming the above:
I don't remember if I've run across any specific documentation of using Raymond granite - probably Sierra White - as curbs in San Francisco; but it does make sense because a lot of their granite was used in reconstructing San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. Of course, granite quarried at Rocklin, Penryn, and Folsom was available even earlier than the Raymond Granite, which began operation about 1888.

If you are in or near San Francisco, you could try for compare the stone in the curbs to some of the buildings such as the San Francisco City Hall building. Some of the structures built from Raymond granite are listed in the "Structures" section of our California state section at this web address: http://www.cagenweb.com/quarries/states/ca/structures/ca-structures_9.html

I'm sorry I don't have any documented sources for your question.

Peggy Perazzo

Peggy B. Perazzo
pbperazzo@comcast.net
Stone Quarries and Beyond
http://www.cagenweb.com/quarries/



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