Thirty-one quarries dotted the limestone belt that stretches from end-to-end along the northern third of Schoharie County, NY.
Before the introduction of concrete in the early 1900s, these quarries supplied millions of tons of cut and finished stone to projects like the Brooklyn Bridge, the expanding NYS Barge Canal System, and hundreds of homes and prominent buildings meant to last for centuries.
The latest Historians Podcast features Dana Cudmore, author of Farming with Dynamite: The Forgotten Stone Boom in Schoharie County, 1890-1905 (2023).
The book describes where the quarries were worked in Cobleskill, Esperance, Schoharie, Sharon Springs, and elsewhere. Some were small; others employed hundreds of laborers, including scores of then-recent Italian and Polish immigrants.
Dana Cudmore (who is not related to podcast host Bob Cudmore), is a retired newspaper reporter and communications professional who lives in Cobleskill.
The Historians Podcast has been online weekly since 2014 produced by Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene. The podcasts are archived at bobcudmore.com.
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