Berea Sandstone Quarries

Berea Sandstone Quarries (HM35G)

Location: Berea, OH 44017 Cuyahoga County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 21.925', W 81° 51.099'

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For more than ninety years, this area was the heart and soul of Berea's sandstone quarries. In the early 1830s, John Baldwin discovered that the area's sandstone deposits made superb grindstones and building stones. in the 1840s, thriving sandstone quarries developed and became Berea's lifeblood. Searching for the "American Dream," German, Irish, Italian, Hungarian, and Polish immigrants, among others came here to work. The quarries eventually encompassed nearly 250 acres and consumed the fashionable houses of Berea's "South Side" and the buildings of Baldwin University. The Cuyahoga County Court House, Ohio's Capitol, and Canada's parliament buildings are among many structures in North America and Europe constructed of Berea sandstone. Decreasing demand for sandstone and the Great Depression closed the last of Berea's quarries in the mid-1903's.
HM NumberHM35G
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number16-18
Year Placed1998
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Berea Historical Society, City of Berea, The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 11:07pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] NIKKI SOPPELSA  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 428771 N 4579672
Decimal Degrees41.36541667, -81.85165000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 21.925', W 81° 51.099'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 21' 55.50" N, 81° 51' 5.94" W
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Area Code(s)440, 216
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3 Berea Commons, Berea OH 44017, US
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