COLORADO STONE QUARRY
The Yule Marble quarry was opened in 1886 by geologist Sylvester Richardson. The quarry is located in the Crystal River Valley, in a town appropriately named, "Marble, Colorado - USA". The white marble called Colorado Yule marble, has been extracted from the quarry, (which covers and area of approximately 2.8 miles from North to South), ever since it was opened. From the Yule Creek Valley, located in the Elk Mountains of Western Colorado, Yule marble is different from other American marbles because of it's particular metamorphic process. The process makes Yule marble extremely unique and pure with a very consistent and bright lustrous appearance.
Thanks to its remarkable aesthetic quality, this marble is among the most popular for the construction of monuments and works of national importance. Replete in historical and patriotic significance, it has been defined as a real “treasure for the state and the entire country.” Among the most important and well known works are the Lincoln Memorial, the George Washington Monument, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the life size sculpture of the former President George Bush for the library in Texas, that bears his name. In 2011, Red Graniti group from Carrara, Italy, took over the Yule quarry ,changing the old name from Yule to Pride of America Quarry and naming each quarry portion with names of the most important presidents of United States. Red Graniti also introduced the knowledge, expertise and modern day quarrying equipment developed over the hundreds of years of experience gained in the world famous Carrara marble quarries in Italy. The qualities of marble extracted and made available to the market are: Calacatta Lincoln,Calacatta Golden,Statuario Colorado and Aspen Grey. The first three are highlighted by a bright, white background with veins ranging from gold to gray, of varying intensity and thickness. Aspen Grey is grey background marble with same veining of Calacatta Lincoln but in black to dark grey. This allows interior designers and architects to utilize a multitude of color combinations for residential kitchens and homes as well as for large commercial projects.
The physical characteristics of the marble and the uniformity of the blocks make it an excellent material for large, commercial open space design projects. These features have given the quarry and it’s marble a continuity that has withstood the test of time and has established it as one of the true treasures within the stone industry. Continued development of the quarry has now moved into the Lincoln Gallery where some of the quarry’s best marble is now being extracted.