The Carver's Quest  LbNA # 41509

Placed DateJul 4 2008
LocationHall Quarry, ME
Found By Graniteman
Last Found Aug 29 2015
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Granite Carver’s Quest

You can find the history of quarries and granite of MDI at The Maine Granite Industry Historical Society Museum (62 Beech Hill Crossroad, Mount Desert, ME, open daily 9-5). The museum can be easily mistaken as a Toro equipment sales and repair shop. Inside you will find the results of the passionate granite worker and historian who keeps the stories of the quarrymen alive. While the museum is free, we highly recommend adding to the donation box so that this museum may include many more displays and interactive programs (stone cutting apprenticeships for kids for example). One visit was not enough, we had to return with our kids. We are sure this place will inspire you too.

You can find the answers to the following questions at the Maine Granite Industry Historical Society Museum.

1. What is the name of the Schooners that wait to be loaded at the granite works of Arthur McMullen at Hall Quarry on Somes Sound?

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2. Name the founder of the Hurricane Island Granite Company.

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3. Find the granite urn. What is the slogan stated below the urn?

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4. How many tons did the “fabulous feat” of 1913 weigh?

5. Find the name of the quarry in which one of the largest pieces of granite that was ever quarried in the country.

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6. Who was the Project Superintendent that was awarded the “Build America Award” when the 700 ton Eagle Lake bridge was moved using 7000 ball bearings?

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7. Who bought a working crane from the Rockefeller’s?

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8. Who opened the first commercial quarry at Otter Creek in 1871?

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To identify the location of the box, use the code. The first number represents the number of the question and the second number represents the number of the letter in answer to that question. For example, 3-5, 4-2, 1-6 would correspond to the 5th letter of the 3rd answer, the 2nd letter of the 4th answer and the 6th letter of the 1st answer. Do not count spaces. Here is the code.

5-1, 3-3, 7-6, 2-1, 2-9, 6-10, 2-14, 8-1, 1-6, 7-4, 3-7, 7-9, 5-11, 1-7, 8-2

Make a left out of the museum and another left at the stop sign. Continue until you see the above mystery destination.

Start at the sign that states the words of the above code. It is also the location of the box (not at the museum).

Take the answer to question number 4 and use only the first digit of the number. Multiply it by 11 and face that many degrees standing under the sign that states the words of the above code. Take 11 steps to the 3 trunked birch. Face 60 degrees NE. Take 24 steps to John Carter. Face 135 degrees SE. Take 16 steps around large pine and to cedar tree behind it. Here, you will find your quarry. This stamp is an image of the gentleman who embraces the heritage of granite not just as a hobby but as a treasure that should be shared. We thank Mr. Steven Haynes for taking the time to share his passion. Given the opportunity, we’re certain he will touch you in a similar way!