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Photographs and text courtesy Tales Along El Camino Sierra
In 1862 this high quality deposit of dolomitic limestone was discovered in the Inyo Mountains east of Lone Pine and north of Owens Lake near the town of Swansea. Its remote location delayed development until 1883, when the Carson & Colorado Railroad was constructed. In 1885, Drew Haven Dunn filed a mining claim and the Inyo Marble Company began quarrying operations. The property was purchased in 1959 by Premiere Marble Products. They produced dolomite marble in several colors and its final product is widely used in terrazzo flooring, roofing, landscaping and chemical filters.

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Hoist used in moving blocks of dolomite.

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Hoist used in moving blocks of dolomite.

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Desert floor near the dolomite mining operation.

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Inside the dolomite mining works.

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The dolomite mining works operation before the arrival of the railroad.

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Photos courtesy of UC Riverside Library Archives

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Al Staudinger marble works - circa 1900
(Loyola Marymount Archives)
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Al Staudinger marble works - circa 1900
(Loyola Marymount Archives)

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Photos courtesy of Rich McCutchan Archives
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Mock spur off of the Carson & Colorado Narrow Gauge leading to the Inyo Marble Company quarry.
(Richard C. Datin, Jr. photo)
(Text and photo from Stone Quarries and Beyond)
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Dolomite limestone blocks along the Carson & Colorado RR tracks at Keeler.
(Richard C. Datin, Jr. photo)
(Text and photo from Stone Quarries and Beyond)

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Inyo Marble Company folks - 1929

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Inyo Marble Company folks - 1929

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Inyo Marble Company folks - 1929
 


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Photos courtesy of Rich McCutchan Archives

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Remains of smelter at Swansea, CA.

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Remains of stone house at Swansea, CA.

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Remains of smelter at Swansea, CA.

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Inyo Marble Company

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Mock spur off of the Carson & Colorado Narrow Gauge leading to the Inyo Marble Company quarry.

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