Tuesday, October 1, 2013

St. Cloud Historical Marker

St. Cloud, MN
US Highway 10


I probably drove by this marker a hundred times before I knew what it was. This roadside historical marker commemorates the first commercial granite quarry (see below). Originally located off the West/Northbound lanes of Highway 10 across from the prison, the marker has been moved to a new location near the Highway Safety and Research Center (turn to the east at the road to the prison) along Highway 10 south of St. Cloud.. The new location is just a short distance south of the original location.

This photo was taken at the original location across from the prison.
May 2008

The marker was barely visible at its original home. The turnout had been closed by Mn DOT, weeds grew tall in the ditch, and traffic on Highway 10 frowned on slowing down to get a look.

This marker was built in 1937 by the National Youth Administration (NYA).

Marker text:
First Granite Quarry
In the spring of 1868 Breen and Young opened the first commercial granite quarry in Minnesota, on the site of the present State Reformatory, just west of this point. From this beginning the industry has developed into a business involving millions of dollars. Erected by the North Star Granite Corporation, St. Cloud, 1930[sic]. Seals of the Minnesota Department of Highways and the Minnesota Historical Society carved near the bottom.

1937, MnDOT
Minnesota Dept. of Transportation Historic Roadside Development Structures Inventory