Marble, Colorado

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Marble is a Statutory Town in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. The population was 105 at the 2000 census.

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History

The town of Marble was first incorporated in 1899. Marble remains a statutory town within the state of Colorado as of 2007.

The quarry

The town is noted as the location of a historic Yule Marble quarry along the mountains that began operations in the late 19th century, and from which the town draws its name. The marble of the quarry is considered to be of exceptional quality and has been used for the Tomb of the Unknowns, as well as for parts of the Lincoln Memorial and civic buildings in San Francisco. It was also used for the construction of the Equitable Building, a historically important early skyscraper in New York City.

The quarry has enjoyed a renaissance since its acquisition in 2004 by Polycor, a Canadian-based dimension stone company. In spite of significant transportation costs, this high-quality stone is now exported in large quantities to Europe and Asia for transformation and use throughout the world, as well as being sold into the US market.

Tourism

In the late 20th century and the 21st century, Marble has become a summer tourist destination, benefiting from the quarry's renown. It is also the gateway to the nearby Crystal townsite. It is also the site of the Marble/marble sculpting symposium [1] held every summer since 1988.

Seven sites within Marble have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places: [2]

  • Haxby House
  • William S. Parry House
  • St. Paul's Church
  • Marble City State Bank building
  • Marble High School
  • Marble Mill Site
  • Marble Town Hall

Geography

Marble is located at 39°4′20″N 107°11′22″W / 39.07222°N 107.18944°W / 39.07222; -107.18944 (39.072274, -107.189516)[4].

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