Big hole in the ground

Indiana Limestone Co. Oolitic Quarry. Its hard to really get the huge size of this quarry but most of these rocks are the size of a truck. Look closely just to right of the center of the picture and you will see several people standing there. Also, just to the left of the rim there is a building and several vehicles. Oolitic, In. 1965

Big hole in the ground
mikado, Feb 25, 2007
    • BoxcabE50
      Did this quarry still have railroad service? Milwaukee Road?


      Boxcab E50
    • Monon64
      Hey Boxcab, You can see the tracks next to the quarry in this pic Oolitic Quarry and in this one another pic.
      Great shots Linton!! Your'e absolutely correct about the size of these babies, they're huge. I was only about a year old when these were taken, but I remember these same quarries very active in the '70s. Was this one of the main quarries just off of old highway 37, where the quarries were on both sides of the road? Wow, memory lane for sure. Thanks for sharing. Your'e got my favorite Railimages gallery!! :)

      This hole looks to be very active near the top of the pic, and they're starting to fill in the near side.

      The Bedford Belt Railway used to service these quarries with a short line over to Oolitic. Later I know both the Monon and the Milwaukee worked this same area. Here is more detailed info Quarries along the Monon if your'e interested.
    • mikado
      Yep Jeff, I just pulled to the side of Hwy 37 to get the photo. The last time I was up there the road was closed with barricades.
    • Monon64
      Linton, I believe they closed that highway down in the late 70's. They found a good vein of limestone and went right through where the highway use to be. They made some great swimming holes, and unfortunately I know a few folks that never came out of them. I've seen guys dive off ledges 40 and 50 feet above the water like it wasn't nothin.
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