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Old Granite Quarry, Wilmington, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USAi
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Old Granite QuarryQuarry (Abandoned)
Wilmington- not defined -
Middlesex Co.County

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
42° 32' 27'' North , 71° 11' 44'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Quarry (Abandoned) - last checked 2019
Nearest Settlements:
Wilmington22,325 (2017)1.9km
Pinehurst7,152 (2017)3.0km
Burlington24,498 (2017)4.0km
Billerica39,904 (2017)6.3km
Woburn39,555 (2017)7.7km

A granite quarry was started in the vicinity of Taft and Swain Streets by the firm of Clark & Aronson around 1886. An ox path was used to transport granite to the nearby Boston & Maine RR line for shipment.

At the Wilmington town meeting of March 4, 1889, the company requested permission to look into building a horse-drawn railroad spur to replace the ox path.

By June of 1889, the quarry was listed for sale.

Cut granite had been hauled to a field beside the B&M railroad, near what was later to become the Diamond Crystal Salt Co. The stone remained there for about half a century. One piece was used to make the World War I monument at the end of Glen Road.

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Silurian - Ordovician
419.2 - 485.4 Ma

ID: 2994411
Andover Granite

Age: Paleozoic (419.2 - 485.4 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Andover Granite

Description: Light- to medium-gray, foliated, medium-to coarse-grained -muscovite-biotite granite; pegmatite masses common. Includes Acton Granite (Silurian or Ordovician). Intrudes OZn.

Comments: Part of Nashoba Zone (Silurian and Older Rocks). Andover Granite described as light-colored muscovite- and garnet-bearing, mostly gneissic granite. Includes a nongneissic component that is apparently younger than main mass (Hansen, 1956; Castle, 1964). Includes rocks previously assigned to Acton Granite of Hansen (1956) that probably belong to Andover's older phase. Text of report states that gneissic granite is dated at 450 to 445 Ma; younger phase of granite and pegmatite is dated at 415 to 410 Ma. Table 13 reports Rb-Sr whole rock ages of 446 +/-32 Ma (Zartman and Naylor, 1984), 450 +/-23 Ma (Handford and others, 1965), and 460 Ma (Schutts and others, 1976) for the older phase. Rb-Sr whole-rock ages for the younger phase are reported as 408 +/-22 Ma (Zartman and Naylor, 1984), and 415 Ma (Hill and others, 1984). Age in report is Ordovician and Silurian (Wones and Goldsmith, 1991) per MA007. Original map source: Unpublished Digital Geologic Map of Massachusetts received from Rudi Hon of Boston College in 1998; based on the 1983 USGS paper version (MA002).

Lithology: Major:{granite,pegmatite}

Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052. [133]

541 - 1000 Ma

ID: 3187301
Neoproterozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Lithology: Amphibolite grade orthogneiss/paragneiss/metavolcanic gneiss

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

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