Tuesday, May 13, 2008

ABC WEDNESDAY "LETTER Q "


Today is ABC Wednesday and our letter is Q. Q stands for QUARRY. Many miles within the towns of Roseville, Rocklin, Penryn and Lincoln are filled with Granite and even gold veins. This Quarry is located in the my hometown of Rocklin. It became a major supplier of granite for many of California's buildings, including the State Capitol in Sacramento. Its history dates back to the late 1800's. The Mining Company ,which can be seen in the background , had a big business in making cemetery monuments and markers. Great sheets or slabs were mined from the solid walls and hauled up by pulley to the mining company work area.
You really need to enlarge this to see the detail. You will be able to see the cuts in the granite and some of the pulley cables on the side of the rock. There is a pool of water running through the ravine.
Be sure to go to Mrs. Nesbitts blog. You can find it on my sidebar favorites. It will be fun to see what others have chosen for the letter Q.

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32 comments:

Hilary said...

I have a quarry query...

OK fine.. no I don't. I just really wanted to say that. That, and something about taking these ABC Wednesdays for granite. But that would have put us off to a rocky start. Ok I'll shup now..

Beautiful photo... really. ;)

John said...

Great capture and informative Q POST!

me and my camera said...

Fascinating. I did some research on building with stone last fall and was very impressed with stone structures. This is an interesting 'Q' post.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Wonderful and informative Q from you to day. Beautiful shot!

ellen b said...

Great photo for Q - a quarry! And hilary's comment is cracking me up...

leslie said...

Fascinating! And I want to tell everyone that you HAVE to enlarge the photo! It's way more amazing if you do. :D

Judy said...

Leslie is right. You can see the detail much better. Great photo and Q post.

Diana said...

yep, we've got an old quarry by our house, the city filled it with water and made a swimming lake out of it. it works very well.

Texas Travelers said...

Looks like you quarried out a great Q.
Thanks for sharing the information.

Come visit my Quadruped,
Troy

Meredith Teagarden said...

Don't you wish you could post your pictures larger on blogger? Always worth blowing enlarging yours when I come over!

Thanks for your sweet comment to my blog about my little Jane!

Paulie said...

My Dad was a rockhound and we owned a couple rock quarries for marble and slate so I really enjoyed reading about this one too.

Neva said...

I like your quarry......
Mine seems so unoriginal.

tsduff said...

That is a fabulous picture! I love quarries - even though I sort of hate the scar they are in the earth. When we went to Italy, we saw the quarry where Michangelo got his marble to carve many of his masterpieces. The deep water in the bottom of some quarries is scary.

Berit said...

Great Q post!!

Jules said...

They make a mess of the landscape but the granite is wonderful - I especially like it on bench tops.

Olivier said...

belle photo et bon choix pour la lettre 'Q'. c'était pas évident de trouver quelque chose d'original.
beautiful picture and best choice for the letter 'Q'. it was not easy to find something original.

ArneA said...

Quarry is also a new word for me today.
I love these ABC Wed mornings

RuneE said...

Quarries are great things - living, but dangerous history!

evlahos said...

wonderful capture and info

Ackworth Born said...

I thought about Q for Quarry but I actually wrote about the old quarries in my ABC B post so today I've gone with a couple of Queens (or is it seven?)

CG said...

That's a great Q. I have been to the State Capital so i might have seem some of gthe actual granite!!

Stacey Huston said...

quarry!! very good..

Jonna said...

I live close to a quarry and didn't even think of that one, as I was wracking my brain!

Nice post

jel said...

morning!

my dh worked in one for the first ten year we were married !


hope all is well with ya!


huggs

mrsnesbitt said...

hilary's comment is hilarious!

Great post!

mylittlephotonook said...

Very fin picture today! Like your choice.

Dragonstar said...

I love that photo. In the small size I found it hard to tell the scale, but when I blew it up - WOW! The detail is incredible!

Powell River Books said...

Quarries are really interesting places. The captured water is often so clear. We have quarries on local islands such as Texada that provided granite and other stones for the magnificent buildings in Victoria.

I chose to use nearby Quadra Island for Q. It is a fun vacation destination that you can see by clicking here. – Margy

AphotoAday said...

How interesting...
I've been thinking of a daytrip or overnighter to the Gold Rush Country -- so much history in them hills...

Wanda said...

Good for "Q" Years ago we live by a quarry -- Lots of dust.

AVCR8TEUR said...

I never knew these quarries existed in the Sacramento area. Like you said, you can learn quite a lof of my A-B-C's on Wednesdays.

Dina said...

This is really interesting, what you show and write here. Especially since I've worked the past 3 weeks excavating a quarry in Jerusalem probably from Byzantine times. I guess people will always need and love stone.