Facts About Georgia Granite Mines (Shelby Township, MI)

Granite mining has been a very important part of Georgia’s history. Granite, a hard natural igneous rock, has been mined in the Georgia Piedmont area for many years, adding to the area’s appeal as a manufacturing location.

Granite Manufacturing Plants
As of 2009, there are more than 150 manufacturing plants in Georgia that create memorials, grave markers and countertops produced to be shipped all over the world.

Quarries
There are 45 operating granite quarries in Georgia, most of them located in or near Elberton.

Area
The Piedmont area, where granite is most plentiful in Georgia, stretches from Savannah to the Broad River.

Agriculture
The large amount of granite in the land surrounding Elberton prevents the residents from being able to grow agricultural products in the area.

Beginnings
The first quarry was opened in Elberton shortly after the end of the Civil War in 1882, when local residents first began to use granite, primarily to build local railroads.
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