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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.