An Illustrated History: Quarries of Curwensville, People and Legends by Ed Morgan
From the time Curwensville emerged from the wilderness of Penn's Woods only a score and three years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, no period
of local history has been
more romanticized than the days of its sandstone industry.
The industry came and went with little fanfare, but its contributions have remained a favorite topic among townspeople. Visual attributes to the rime and its people exist, both here and afar, as do the quarry sites themselves. From within those sites beautiful edifices evolved.
The quarries are not the Grand Canyon or some other superlative wonder. Certainly not. But their historical value to a small town's heritage is surely worthy of
preservation. It is also time to elevate the
artisans of that day to a higher level of distinction in the pages of history.
What sometimes is truly remarkable is often overlooked until viewed through the lens of time. During a distinguished past, the sandstone industry played a major role in the building revolution of the Northeast. It produced a prized quality of stone which in some circles was hailed as the best of the best.
Fueled by the talent of gifted European immigrants, the quarries in the hills around Curwensville made significant and lasting contributions to the very substance of American architecture.
The following pages represent a humble attempt to document that special time and the lives, sacrifices and hardships of the people who lived it.
It is a story that would better have been told by the quarrymen themselves and the many craftsmen who traveled from city to city to build perpetual monuments we now embrace.
They and much of their history are gone, but their memory and their legacy fondly remain in the hearts and minds of countless families who can trace their roots to those heydays.
Their legacy also lives in stone edifices around Curwensville and nearby places, in the magnificence of institutions of higher learning, in homes, schools, churches
and government buildings, and in a myriad
of highway and railroad bridges and tunnels in small towns and large cities across the land.
So geometrically precise is the craftsmanship and so durable the building material that nothing short of a natural calamity, or a deliberate act of man, may ever cause their demise.
To the memory of those hardy souls, their struggles, their loyalty and devotion to hard work, family, community and country, this book is dedicated
106 pages, Paperback Measures 10" x 8"