CONTACT: STEVE MARAVETZ
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8033; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Aug. 19, 1999
MEDIA ADVISORY: Tour of quarry in Stone City
News media are invited to join representatives from
the University of Iowa and local officials from the Anamosa area for a tour
of the Weber Stone quarries in Stone City (rural Anamosa) beginning at 11
a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24.
Stone from the quarries will be used to build the
new 214,000-square-foot Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility
(MEBRF) on the UI campus. When it is completed in 2001, the MEBRF will be
one of the largest buildings on campus.
Because of the paintings of Grant Wood, Stone City
is quintessentially Iowa to many people outside the state. In 1932, Wood and
Cedar Rapids painter Marvin Cone founded an artist colony there. The quarries
have been in operation since 1869.
The Weber Stone Company, which has operated the quarries
since 1952, will take the tour to the bottom of the quarry, where the bedrock
is being cut into slabs. The tour will then progress to the sawhouse area,
where there will be a demonstration of modern stonecutting. Among the equipment
used is a computer-controlled, diamond-tipped beltsaw for which the sawbelt
alone costs some $7,500 to replace every four to six months.