A worker who is employed in an open pit extracting stone, gravel, or minerals from the ground. Quarry products have long been associated with Minnesota as the state contains a number of different kinds of stone, from granite to sand and gravel deposits. Nearly every county in Minnesota contains gravel or sand mining. A number of quarries, both inside Minnesota and also from Tate County, Georgia, supplied stone, marble and other quarry products for the construction of the Capitol building.
For further information see:
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-Mining in Minnesota at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/geology/digging/mining.html
Mankato Kasota Stone at: http://www.mankato-kasota-stone.com/about.html
Vetter Stone at: http://www.vetterstone.com/minnesotavalley.html
Polycor Corporation at: http://www.polycor.com/eng
Know Pickens.com-Who Built the Minnesota State Capitol? at: http://www.knowpickens.com/pressrelease.asp?PressRelease=1319
Photo: Limestone for the foundation of the Capitol came from a Winina quarry operated by Albert Steinbauer. The quarry site is now on the grounds of Biesanz Stone.