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Famous building stones of our Nation's capital

March 29, 2012

The buildings of our Nation's Capital are constructed with rocks from quarries located throughout the United States and many distant lands. The earliest Government buildings, however, were constructed with stones from nearby sources because it was too difficult and expensive to move heavy materials such as stone any great distance without the aid of modern transportation methods, including large cargo ships, trains, and trucks. This fact sheet describes the source and appearance of three frequently used local stones employed in building Washington, D.C., and the geologic environment in which they were formed.

Publication Year 2012
Title Famous building stones of our Nation's capital
DOI 10.3133/fs20123044
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2012-3044
Index ID fs20123044
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Office of Science Quality and Integrity