Images of the Jasper Stone
Quarry today and from the late 19th century
Courtesy of Lorraine Draper and the National Register Collection
The five Rae brothers, who immigrated from Scotland in 1886,
were the primary organizers and promoters of the first stone quarry
in Jasper. In 1888 shortly after the town was founded, Swedish immigrant
stonecutters began arriving to work in the quarries. These skilled
artisans produced building and paving blocks, using hand tools in
an age-old stonecutting art that required both knowledge and physical
skills. In its early days, the quarry furnished immense quantities
of building blocks that were shipped to cities by rail. The stone
was greatly sought after because of its hardness, elegance and permanent
C. F. Lytle, founder of the Jasper Stone Company, purchased the Jasper
quarries in 1916. He was the first of three generations to own the
company. He was followed by his son F. K. Lytle and his grandson C.
F. (Bud) Lytle. L. G. Everist, Inc. purchase the quarry in 2001. Of the four quarries
once located in the area, Jasper Stone Company is the only
one still operating. Today the company cuts the stone with high-tech saws as well as uses hand chisels and hammers as done for the past 100+ years. The stone is cut for Architectural, industrial, residential, landscaping, monuments, and many other unique applications as well as shipped domestically and internationally.
Jasper Stone Quarry, the only
active quarry in the area
Courtesy of Lorraine Draper
The Jasper Stone Company and Quarry is located in the south
part of Jasper, just over the county border in Rock County. It is still an active quarry--visit http://www.lgeverist.com/jasperstoneco/index.html.