Limestone Stories

Limestone stories are built into the foundation of our community.  Read or watch a few to find out how limestone has shaped Bloomington, Indiana, and beyond.


Compiled by:
Paula G. O.

Nick Bauer
Adult Nonfiction – 977.2255 Bau

Beautiful photographs of limestone buildings in Bloomington.



Pete Seel
Adult Audiovisual - 622.351 Cut

Documents five generations of Indiana stone cutters and carvers who have helped create some of the most beautiful buildings in United States architectural history. - Publisher


Early history of Indiana limestone

Ron Bell
Adult Nonfiction - 338.2751 Bel

Explores the early history of the limestone industry focusing specifically on Lawrence County.



Albert Hoadley
Indiana Room - IND GR 929.2 Hoadley Hoa

History of the Hoadley family and the Hoadley Limestone Company.


In limestone country

Scott Russell Sanders
Adult Nonfiction - 622.351 San
Series: Concord Library

The story of the stone, from its geologic origins through its mining history to the present. Sanders records the folklore, the craft, the distinct culture that has grown up around Indiana limestone. - Random House



Clay W. Stuckey
Indiana Room - IND GR 929.2 Matthews Stu

The story of the Matthews family, early limestone industrialists.


Adult Audiovisual - 977.226 Our

WTIU interviews the people of Bedford, Indiana, who tell what is special about their town. They discuss the social life, the sense of community, the history, the limestone industry and more. - Publisher



Sherman N. Shewmaker
Indiana Room - 622.351 Sh

A guide for exploring limestone quarries in Monroe and Lawrence counties.



Bill McDonald
Adult Fiction - 338.2751 Mcd

A brief history of limestone in Indiana.


Stone country : then and now

Scott Russell Sanders
Adult Nonfiction - 338.2751 San

In this new edition of Stone Country, Scott Russell Sanders and Jeffrey A. Wolin talk with the stone workers, explore the quarries and mills, and trample along creeks and railroad spurs uncovering the history of the industry and the people who built it. These new stories and photographs are a biography, not of a person—although it is filled with many portraits of individuals—but of a place. - Ingram Publishing Services


Stories in stone : travels through urban geology

David B. Williams
Adult Nonfiction - 553.5 Wil

Indiana limestone is included in this book of stories about stone building materials.  Williams shows us why a white, fossil-rich limestone from Indiana became the only building stone to be used in all fifty states; how the construction of the granite Bunker Hill Monument in 1825 led to America’s first commercial railroad; and why Carrara marble—the favorite sculpting material of Michelangelo—warped so much after only nineteen years on a Chicago skyscraper that all forty-four thousand panels of the stone had to be replaced. - McMillan Palgrave