LANCASTER, NY - It's a landmark along the thruway in Lancaster, something you've zipped by countless times and perhaps wondered about.
The giant quarry north of the thruway, just east of Exit 49, has been mined for more than a century.
"It started in 1904," said Gary Nelson, Quality Control Manager and Geologist for the quarry's current owner Buffalo Crushed Stone.
The quarry, which now covers approximately 734 acres, is 1.5 miles long, three-quarters of a mile wide, and 100 feet deep.
"This quarry, land area wise, is probably about the biggest in the state," said Nelson, who noted that the quarry produces approximately 100 tons of hard limestone annually, used in a variety of building and construction projects.
What is produced here has literally helped lay the foundation beneath Western New York for more than a century.