Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook area reports 1952
Year 1952, Volume III (1955)
Mote, Richard H.
Connecticut, pp. 241-245 PDF (491.6 KB)
244 MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1952 Co., Farmington; Russak Bros., Inc., Plainvile; The Edward Ball Co., Hartford; and Farmington Sand & Gravel Co., West Hartford. Donnelly Brick Co., biggest clay producer in the county, worked its clay open pit near Kensington during the year. Pola Brick Co., Inc., produced clay at its open pit near New Britain. The Eastern Brick Co. continued to work its clay open pits in the Hartford area during 1952. About two-thirds of the company output was recovered from the Berlin pit, 11 miles south of Hartf&rd, the balance coming from the pit near South Windsor, 4 miles northeast of Hartford. Edward W. Mack & Son mined common clay from an open pit near Windsor. Peat was recovered from bogs near Manchester by the Shaler Humus Co. LITCHFIELD COUNTY Mineral products of Litchfleld County, third ranking county in 1952, included limestone and sand and gravel. The New England Lime Co. produced hydrated lime and quicklime at its Canaan plant. Stone production consisted of crushed limestone and basalt. Producers of crushed limestone included the United States Gypsum Co., New England Lime Co., and The Conklin Limestone Co., Inc., Canaan. Crushed basalt was produced by Woodbury Trap Rock Co., Inc., at Torrington. Three firms operated sand and gravel plants during the year. Benvenuti & Favali Construction Co. and Oneglia & Gervasini, Inc., worked plants at Torrington; and State Line Sand & Gravel Co. operated a plant at Canaan. MIDDLESEX COUNTY The Worth-Spar Co. operated its No. 1 mine near Cobalt during the year and produced crude feldspar and mica. Feldspar was also produced at the Eureka Mining & Milling Co. Hale mine near Portland. Sand and gravel plants were operated at Middletown by Lindemark Sand Service, Middletown Sand Service, and Sebastian Ortise. NEW HAVEN COUNTY Stone and sand and gravel were the only mineral products produced in New Haven County in 1952. The county ranked second among Connecticut counties in mineral output and first among five Connecticut counties producing stone during the year. The bulk of the production was crushed basalt, but some basalt and granite dimension stone was also quarried. Principal producer of crushed basalt was the New Haven Trap Rock Co., which operated quarries at North Branford and near Middlefield. Other producers of crushed basalt included C. W. Blakeslee & Sons, Inc., A. N. Faruham, Inc., and Foxon Trap Rock Co., Inc., all in New Haven; and York Hill Trap Rock Quarry Co., Meriden. Dimension granite was produced by the Ansonia Granite Quarries at Seymour and the Stony Creek Granite Quarry, Inc., at Milford.
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