The Millstone Industry: A Summary of Research on Quarries and Producers in the United States, Europe and Elsewhere

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McFarland, Apr 30, 2009 - Business & Economics - 283 pages
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Since prehistoric times, the process of cutting rock to make millstones has been one of the most important industries in the world. The first part of this book compiles information on the millstone industry in the United States, which dates between the mid–1600s and the mid–1900s. Primarily based on archival research and brief accounts published in geological and historical volumes, it focuses on conglomerate, granite, flint, quartzite, gneiss, and sandstone quarries in different regions and states. The second part focuses on the millstone quarrying industry in Europe and other areas.
 

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Contents

1 Early American Millstone Documents 16281829
9
2 Millstone Quarrying in the United States
19
3 Millstone Makers and Urban Factories
88
4 The Rise and Fall of the American Millstone Industry
100
5 Foreign Millstones Imported to America
119
6 The Millstone Quarrying Industry Outside the United States
124
7 Artificial Millstones
199
8 Tools Used in Making and Sharpening Millstones
202
9 Working Conditions and Hazards in the Millstone Industry
207
Conclusion
212
Glossary
215
Bibliography
219
Index
255
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Charles D. Hockensmith worked as a staff archaeologist with the Kentucky Heritage Council for 27 years before retiring in July 2008. He has published extensively on several historic industries with special emphasis on millstone quarries, bricks manufacturing, and lime kilns.

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