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Plymouth Meeting Quarry by Eugene Potapov

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Eugene Potapov Eugene Potapov
Explore score
1.53 Gigapixels
Date added
Jan 14, 2009
Date taken
Jan 13, 2009

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environmental, geology, landscape, nature

This is a limestone quarry, currently run by the Highway Materials, Inc. Formerly known as Corson's quarry, it is claimed to the oldest continuously run quarry in the USA, and perhaps the oldest continuosly run indistrial operation in the USA. Nearby quarries existed from William Penn times. Correspondence exist between W. Penn and Mr. Fritzwater, which resulted in commission of a road from Philadelphia port to the lime kilns of the area. The road still exist now, yes, the Limekiln road. A note from the Annual Report on the Geological Survey of PA, 1836: Annual Report on the Geological Survey of Pennsylvania By Pennsylvania State Geologist (1836-1841)., Henry Darwin Rogers, Geological Survey of Pennsylvania

Gigapan Comments (4)

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  1. Eugene Potapov

    Eugene Potapov (March 27, 2011, 07:32AM )

    Thanks for this details. They are great for the history of the place!

  2. Peter Peter

    Peter Peter (March 26, 2011, 08:44PM )

    I lived in the third house SW on Joshua Rd from the intersection with Flourtown Rd from 1950 - 1968. The eight houses along Joshua had just been built (as had I). There was nothing but cornfields to the west of Joshua / south of Fourtown; we had a great treehouse in the unplowed corner. The eastern, water-filled quarry was the active dig and it was very scary to ride in the car next to it. A little beyond the southern edge of the current quarry was a 250-yr old house that was magnificent. Around 1960 they started scraping overburden on the present quarry, but I recall the house still standing (on what is now near the bottom of the hole) when I left for college in 1968

  3. Eugene Potapov

    Eugene Potapov (March 26, 2011, 07:26PM )

    Thanks for the info. What year it was?

  4. Peter Peter

    Peter Peter (March 25, 2011, 02:26PM )

    This is awesome. I lived across the corner on Joshua Rd just SW of Flourtown Rd in the 50s and 60s. Corson's had just begun the dirt work on this quarry; the one just east at Joshua & Stenton Ave (now water-filled) was the active dig then. They've dug the entire 300 feet of this quarry since then. Thanks!

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3510 (Windows)
Panorama size: 1528 megapixels (70152 x 21782 pixels)
Input images: 444 (37 columns by 12 rows)
Field of view: 4.0 degrees wide by 1.2 degrees high (top=0.1, bottom=-1.2)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera model: DiMAGE Z6
Image size: 2816x2112 (5.9 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-01-13 10:31:08 - 2009-01-13 11:07:14
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure time: 0.004
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 420.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 11.8 to 44.6 percent
Vertical overlap: 26.9 to 33.9 percent
Computer stats: 1023.49 MB RAM, 1 CPUs
Total time 10:15:13 (1:23 per picture)
Alignment: 1:29:32, Projection: 42:12, Blending: 8:03:28

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