North Baltimore Loses a Landmark

demolished foundation pillars

These foundation pillars were demolished in spring 2013 as the Hanson Company prepared the old France stone quarry for a possible reopening.

The Hanson Aggregates Stone Company recently demolished a local landmark which had stood at the corner of Mitchell Road and West Cherry Street for over 100 years. The concrete pillars that stood there were originally the foundation of the France Stone Company’s crusher building. Constructed in the early 1900s and demolished in 1971, the crusher building was once one of the tallest buildings in North Baltimore and a local landmark in itself.

Motorists travelling on Mitchell Road could use these pillars to identify where to turn onto West Cherry Street. Although the road through the Hanson Quarry property is actually private property, generations of local residents have always considered this roadway to be a public thoroughfare into North Baltimore.

The France Stone Company crusher building as it looked in the early 20th Century. Gondola railroad cars were loaded with crushed stone ballast using the railroad tracks which ran between the foundation pillars.

The France Stone Company crusher building as it looked in the early 20th Century. Gondola railroad cars were loaded with crushed stone ballast using the railroad tracks which ran between the foundation pillars.

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