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Marble Mill Site

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  • Channing Meek

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    Channing Meek founded the Colorado Yule Marble Company in 1905 and opened the company’s large marble mill in 1907.
    Channing Meek
  • Cutting Marble

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    The Colorado Yule Marble Company cut some of the largest blocks of marble ever quarried, including a 124-ton block that was used for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
    Cutting Marble
  • Hauling Marble from the Quarry

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    Stone from the Colorado Yule Marble Company’s quarry had to be hauled four miles to the company’s mill for finishing and shipping.
    Hauling Marble from the Quarry
  • At Work in the Marble Mill

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    After marble was hauled from the quarry to the mill, workers cut and finished the stone. Workers in this section of the mill polished the stone by hand.
    At Work in the Marble Mill
  • Shipping Yard

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    Marble’s quarries faced nearly insurmountable transportation problems until Channing Meek built the Crystal River and San Juan Railroad in 1906, allowing marble to be shipped quickly and cheaply out of the Crystal River Valley.
    Shipping Yard



Gianfranco Archimede, Diana Gansemer, and John Eckert, “Marble Mill Site/Colorado-Yule Marble Company Finishing Mill,” Colorado Cultural Resource Survey (September 2002).

Nancy Lofholm, “Marble for Unknowns Tomb Just Sits,” Denver Post, August 18, 2008.

Duane Vandenbusche and Rex Myers, Marble, Colorado: City of Stone (Denver: Golden Bell Press, 1970).

Additional Information: 

Oscar McCollum, Jr., Marble: A Town Built on Dreams, 2 vols. (Denver: Sundance, 1992–93).