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31g Stone Lake Region Vacation Guide Spring & Summer 1999 Page 3b I Local Granite Is in Demand World-Wide Visitors to the Big Stone Lake region will have an opPortunity to see the third largest granite producing tea in the United States. Located southeast of k are the quarries of akota Granite Company d Cold Spring Granite C01apany. From these quar- Ihav,have come the beautiful lUdte that has been used Iome of the world's most 0table buildings. Alnong the structures fea- • ing granite from this • a are the spectacular auk of America in San rancisco, the Foud tlndation Building in ew York City, the Bank of 0ng Kong in Hong Kong, zd the Franklin Delano sevelt Memorial, dedi- two years ago in DC. for the granite is with Italy, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Canada among international cus- It is almost impossi- to travel in the United and visit a large city the reddish brown aite from Grant County not used to face an )ressive building. Many of the business buildings in Ortonville and Milbank also have granite in their facades. Quarrying has been evolv- ing in the area since 1905 when manpower was the only method used to dig the stone from the earth. At pre- sent, special mechanized equipment is used to quarry the stone and turn it into memorials, tiles, vanities and counter tops, fireplace mantels and building stones. There is a big demand for blocks of granite which are fabricated in plants in the USA and over- seas for various building uses. In addition to two major quarriers, Rausch Brothers Monument Company at Big Stone City specializes in fabricating the granite for memorials, vanity and counter tops. Visitors approaching the quarrying area will see what, from a distance, appears to be massive pyra- mids rising from the farm land. These are formed of waste granite, referred to as grout. Only perfect stones are used in manufacturing. In the area is also the Hunter Memorial recre- THE FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL in Washington, DC, dedicated in 1997, con- tains 6,000 tons of Grant County granite. The stone was quarried by Cold Spring Granite in a quarry east of Milbank. The memorial contains six waterfalls, 21 engraved statements by the President and nine sculptures such as this one of FDR and his dog, Fala. Grant County Granite has been used in many of the nation's most beautiful and famous buildings and memorials throughout the USA. ational park. The family of ry to be turned into a small Tours of the quarries and Robert E. Hunter, pioneer lake, stocked with fish. It the plants are offered but quarryman, donated to the also has been a popular requests must be made in state a no longer used quar- swimming hole. advance. The Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce thanks you for visiting Milbank and the Big Stone Lake area. We invite you to attend the 1999 Train Festival August 13-15 l and welcome you to take part in the many other events and Milbank, SD 57252 attractions our region 401 South Main Street has to offer. Train Festival & Arts in the Park August 13-15 Summerfest July 16-18 Coach seats and dinner available on many train departures. Call the Milbank Chamber of Commerce at 432-6656 for information. 1-800-675-6656 www.milbanksd.com MANOR MOTEL • HEATED INDOOR POOL • SAUNAS • SPA • RESTAURANTS ADJACENT • CABLE TV • FREE HBO • AMPLE BOAT PARKING • PLUG INS • IMA TRAVEL CARD • CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE • PETS ALLOWED IN SOME ROOMS II MANOR MOTEL E HwY 12 MILBANK, SD I 31g Stone Lake Region Vacation Guide Spring & Summer 1999 Page 3b I Local Granite Is in Demand World-Wide Visitors to the Big Stone Lake region will have an opPortunity to see the third largest granite producing tea in the United States. Located southeast of k are the quarries of akota Granite Company d Cold Spring Granite C01apany. From these quar- Ihav,have come the beautiful lUdte that has been used Iome of the world's most 0table buildings. Alnong the structures fea- • ing granite from this • a are the spectacular auk of America in San rancisco, the Foud tlndation Building in ew York City, the Bank of 0ng Kong in Hong Kong, zd the Franklin Delano sevelt Memorial, dedi- two years ago in DC. for the granite is with Italy, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Canada among international cus- It is almost impossi- to travel in the United and visit a large city the reddish brown aite from Grant County not used to face an )ressive building. Many of the business buildings in Ortonville and Milbank also have granite in their facades. Quarrying has been evolv- ing in the area since 1905 when manpower was the only method used to dig the stone from the earth. At pre- sent, special mechanized equipment is used to quarry the stone and turn it into memorials, tiles, vanities and counter tops, fireplace mantels and building stones. There is a big demand for blocks of granite which are fabricated in plants in the USA and over- seas for various building uses. In addition to two major quarriers, Rausch Brothers Monument Company at Big Stone City specializes in fabricating the granite for memorials, vanity and counter tops. Visitors approaching the quarrying area will see what, from a distance, appears to be massive pyra- mids rising from the farm land. These are formed of waste granite, referred to as grout. Only perfect stones are used in manufacturing. In the area is also the Hunter Memorial recre- THE FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL in Washington, DC, dedicated in 1997, con- tains 6,000 tons of Grant County granite. The stone was quarried by Cold Spring Granite in a quarry east of Milbank. The memorial contains six waterfalls, 21 engraved statements by the President and nine sculptures such as this one of FDR and his dog, Fala. Grant County Granite has been used in many of the nation's most beautiful and famous buildings and memorials throughout the USA. ational park. The family of ry to be turned into a small Tours of the quarries and Robert E. Hunter, pioneer lake, stocked with fish. It the plants are offered but quarryman, donated to the also has been a popular requests must be made in state a no longer used quar- swimming hole. advance. The Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce thanks you for visiting Milbank and the Big Stone Lake area. We invite you to attend the 1999 Train Festival August 13-15 l and welcome you to take part in the many other events and Milbank, SD 57252 attractions our region 401 South Main Street has to offer. Train Festival & Arts in the Park August 13-15 Summerfest July 16-18 Coach seats and dinner available on many train departures. Call the Milbank Chamber of Commerce at 432-6656 for information. 1-800-675-6656 www.milbanksd.com MANOR MOTEL • HEATED INDOOR POOL • SAUNAS • SPA • RESTAURANTS ADJACENT • CABLE TV • FREE HBO • AMPLE BOAT PARKING • PLUG INS • IMA TRAVEL CARD • CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE • PETS ALLOWED IN SOME ROOMS II MANOR MOTEL E HwY 12 MILBANK, SD I