Indiana limestone is a part of the culture in this part of south central Indiana. If you'e like to learn more about the history of the Indiana Limestone industry, place it comes from, or the stone itself, browse through the resources we've listed below.
Indiana Bedrock Project
This cooperative project seeks to research, catalogue and ultimately digitize various photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, business records and other ephemera relating to the Matthews Brothers Stone Company, a limestone quarry which operated out of Ellettsville, Indiana from 1862 to 1978. Though especially concerned with the Matthews Brothers Stone Company, the project seeks to uncover the development of the Indiana limestone industry across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Indiana Geological Survey
The IGS is located on the Indiana University campus and is a wealth of information about all types of rocks, fossils and minerals found in the Hoosier state. Here, you'll learn about the type of Limestone found in this part of Indiana, some of the history of quarrying and the properties of Indiana limestone that make it so sought after.
Indiana Limestone Institute of America
The Indiana Limestone Institute of America is a resource for architects, contractors, building owners and other seeking accurate, unbiased information about the use of Indiana Limestone in construction. ILI's technical publications and their "Indiana Limestone Handbook" are widely recognized as being among the best "how to" books in the construction industry.
Indiana University Archives
A department within the Indiana University Library System, the IU Archives are a wealth of information about all things related to Indiana University. This includes historical and cultural information, such as historic photographs and articles about various happenings on campus, such as the quarrying of limestone and the construction of new buildings and landmarks.
Indiana University Press
The Indiana University Press publishes a number of works about various aspects of Indiana. Two notable examples of publications with a focus on Indiana limestone are Stone Country, with text by Scott R. Sanders and photography by Jeffrey A. Wolin and Limestone Lives: Voices from the Indiana Stone Belt, by Katherine Ferrucci.
Lawrence County Museum of History
Located in downtown Bedford, Indiana, the Lawrence County Museum of History is a great resource for learning more about the heritage of Indiana Limestone in the Bedford and Lawrence County community. Much of downtown Bedford is constructed from the local stone and the area's limestone companies, cutters and carvers have profoundly affected the development of communities within Lawrence County.
Lawrence County Libraries
Local libraries can be a gold mine of information. Visit the Bedford Public Library or the Mitchell Public Library to learn more about each community's history and heritage through local newspaper clippings and books, including the limestone industry.
Monroe County History Center
The Monroe County History Center is your resource for all things related to the history and heritage of Monroe County. In their permanent exhibit, you'll find vestiges of the Limestone industry's history and heritage, including tools, models and a video. Learn more about how the area's vibrant limestone industry helped shape the community.
Monroe County LibraryLand of Limestone Exhibit - Oakland City University - Bedford
The Monroe County Library has fantastic research resources, including historic documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, oral histories and more. You can even do long-distance-research - the Indiana Room is a resource that allows library staff to do your research for you, for a small fee.
This branch campus of Oakland City University is housed in a historic limestone building. In a nod to origins of the structure and the importance of the limestone industry to the area, the University maintains a permanent "Land of Limestone" exhibit within the building.
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