Descriptions Of The Major Texas Stones We Use
|Quarried in the Texas Hill Country, blocks of this beautiful creme are wrested from solid beds of stone, but first, quarry-men remove an over burden of soil and caliche several feet deep. Their toil and enduring effort yields a stone prized by stone masons and stone carvers.
|| Quarried in Marble Falls. This pink granite was once part of the front steps that led to the Capitol until the recent restoration of the South Grounds.
| This unique stone is quarried in west Texas. The stone is a mixture of different creme colors with calcite crystal formations and horn coral fossilization. Once part of an ancient coral bed, millions of years old, when a shallow sea covered most of what is now the State of Texas, the Hadrian Coral is well received.
From Cedar Park, commonly referred to as "shell stone" in the quarries and stone mills of Texas. In the geologic time scale, this stone is dated 70 million years to the Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era - a time when the sea covered parts of the State of Texas.
This sandstone was popular during the 1800's for construction of several Texas Courthouses and historic buildings. The stone was quarried in West Texas at the Barstow Quarry near Pecos, and is a rich, red sandstone 150 to 180 million years old, with variable black striations.
Rattle-snake rock, a dense "marble-like" limestone with occasional softer creme spots gained its name in the quarries of Williamson County. This stone bears an impressive array of crystallized gastropod/turritella fossils that resemble rattlesnake buttons. The stone is found in a narrow vein, usually less than 8 inches thick. Like a diamond in the rough, rattlesnake, when worked with care yields a special view into the Cretaceous period so many million years past.
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