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    • Limestone slabs

    • Limestone mills; Employees; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Pictured here are slabs of limestone recently arrived from the quarry. Notice the several gang saws in the background used to cut larger pieces into more manageable ones.
    • Matthews Company property

    • Railroads; Limestone mills; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Over the course of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Matthews would add several additional buildings devoted to specific aspects of the industry, including the office pictured here. The drafting and office building can be seen on the left, with...
    • Exterior view of a limestone mill

    • Limestone mills; Quarries and quarrying; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • An exterior shot of the factory, probably dating from the late 19th century. The block is painted with the number that corresponds to the drafting ticket for the mill.
    • Exterior view of steam-powered gangsaw mill

    • Steam power plants; Quarries and quarrying; Limestone mills; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • The advent of steam registered an enormous impact on the stone industry as steam power was harnessed to existing technologies ranging from the derrick to the saw. By the time this image was taken (ca. 1880), steam had already made deep inroads into...
    • Exterior view of an early limestone mill

    • Employees; Limestone mills; Quarries and quarrying; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • In this exterior shot of an early limestone mill, several figures can be seen posing in front of the workshops in the background. Stacked stone in the gang saws inside bar on the left onto diamond saw, which were inverted for the planer.
    • Worker with belt saw

    • Stone-cutting tools--Belt saws; Limestone mills; Employees; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • By 1973, modern belt or block saws like the one pictured here, originally designed by W. F. Myers Inc. and consisting of a belt of neoprene molded around airplane cable and fitted with highly resilient diamond teeth, had almost completely replaced...
    • Matthews Brothers stone plant

    • Limestone mills; Quarries and quarrying; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Pictured here is the Matthew Brothers stone plant which operated from 1862 until 1978 when it was sold to the Bybee Stone Company, which is still in operation in Ellettsville.
    • Railroad tracks running through a mill

    • Quarries and quarrying; Limestone mills; Employees; Railroads; Dimension stone; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • As this image demonstrates, the railway track often ran directly into the mill to ensure greater transport efficiency and cost effectiveness. The railways often transported the stone properly cutor in the process of being cutlocated on the left...
    • From Quarry to Cathedral

    • Quarries and quarrying; National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.); Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Describes the quarrying and production of stone for the Washington Cathedral; with aerial view of Matthews quarries.
    • Worker operating a rip saw

    • Stone-cutting tools--Rip saws; Employees; Limestone mills; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Early saws, because they were made of iron and operated without the assistance of water to help ensure durability, often deteriorated quickly. Later versions, such as the rip saw in this image included hoses to prevent the saw from overheating and...
    • Stone carvers detailing carved basins

    • Stone carving; Employees--Stone carvers; Limestone mills; Matthews Brothers Stone Company
    • Stone carvers work on the floor of the interior of the factory, adding painstaking detail to these ornately carved basins. This is a fine chisel dowel hole for the iron dowel to lift the stone. Notice the hay in that is ready to pack the stone in...

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