Famous building stones of our Nation's capital

Fact Sheet 2012-3044
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Abstract

The buildings of our Nation's Capital are constructed with rocks from quarries located throughout the United States and many distant lands. The earliest Government buildings, however, were constructed with stones from nearby sources because it was too difficult and expensive to move heavy materials such as stone any great distance without the aid of modern transportation methods, including large cargo ships, trains, and trucks. This fact sheet describes the source and appearance of three frequently used local stones employed in building Washington, D.C., and the geologic environment in which they were formed.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Famous building stones of our Nation's capital
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2012-3044
DOI 10.3133/fs20123044
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Office of Science Quality and Integrity
Description 2 p.
Country United States
Other Geospatial Washington D.C.