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Quarrying

Steam crane machinery

Period:
20th Century
Description:

Photograph of two workmen beside a large smoking steam crane as it lifts material out of a pit.

 

The Permian and Triassic sandstones of the Dumfries area, particularly those from the quarries at Locharbriggs, were widely used as building stones. At the peak of the sandstone quarrying industry in the late 1800s almost 200,000 tons of sandstone were being quarried each year. Although this stone was used locally, large amounts were sent out of the area. Many of the late Victorian buildings of Glasgow and Edinburgh were built in Dumfries sandstone, as were the 'brownstones' of New York.

Place of Production:
Locharbriggs, Dumfries
Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
length 150mm, width 204mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
PP/Mining&Quarrying/19
Digital Number:
DMPG025n
Creation Date:
c1900
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council