We made it to the quarry! A few weeks ago when Levi and I started his rock collection, we noticed that on the way to pick up Annabelle from camp that we passed a large stone quarry that had a pretty driveway and entrance. It looked friendly from the road, so I thought I’d call them and see whether they offered tours for the public. It was our good fortune that they did! When they asked me how many of us would be coming, I immediately thought of my friend Sara and her three kids so I told them we’d be a group of seven.
When we arrived, we met with Mr. Lewis who is the quarry manager and who gave us a personal tour around. We drove to the quarry in Sara’s car and Mr. Lewis drove us around when we got there.
The kids were impressed with the size of the wheels on the quarry machines. Most were over 6 feet in height.
As you can see, the quarry gets rock by moving rock layer, by layer out of the earth. Eventually some of the quarries will be utilized by our local water company as an additional reservoir.
Then we visited the pulley and conveyer belt system responsible for moving most of the rock around in the quarry. We also could see a building that encloses a machine which crushes the rock that the quarry sells.
In the photo below, a truck is loading up the crushed rock.
Here the conveyer belt system is hauling more rock to a rock pile.
It’s apparently expensive to install a conveyer belt system for a quarry but it ultimately saves labor, time and money.
We also got to see where the machines are repaired. The quarry employs its own mechanics to repair the trucks which are quite expensive to purchase and need to be maintained regularly.
Next door to the quarry is an asphalt company that uses rock mined at the quarry.
Before we left, Mr. Lewis and his team generously gave our kids small rock kits and back to school packets with a pencil case and ruler. When we loaded up in Sara’s car, all of the kids talked about what a great time they’d had at the quarry.
At home, Annabelle and Levi got out paper and markers to write thank you notes to Mr. Lewis and the quarry. I’m also sending over an Edible Arrangement to thank them for their time.
Oh, and on our last trip to the library, Levi checked out a few dvds about quarries and mining. Our morning at the quarry turned out to be one of the kids’ favorite day trips this summer.
Are there any out of the ordinary places you’ve visited with your children to learn about industry? We are now scheduling a tour to our water company and the local landfill. Would love to hear your ideas and experiences.
Thanks for reading,