Part of Indiana graces the Big Apple

September 14th, 2010 at 4:06 pm by under Mark Allen's Journal, WTHI Blog

I love discovering little known facts about our part of the planet so when I stumbled across this one I thought I’d share it with you.

If you go down to Bedford Indiana you will see a huge hole in the ground.

Now, if you travel to 350 fifth avenue in  New York City you will see that hole standing over one thousand feet in the air.

You’ll be looking up at the Empire State Building.

Turns out the Empire State building and several other well known structures were built with Indiana limestone.

Deep below the earth at Bedford is a sea of limestone.

Its one of the largest deposits of the stone on earth.

Late in the 19th century America’s architects fell in love with this Hoosier treasure so it ended up in buildings all over the country.

In addition to the Empire State building here are a few of the other places you’ll see Indiana limestone.

The pentagon.

The U.S. treasury.

Fourteen state capitols.

Dozens of city hall buildings.

So, if you happen to be standing near 350 Fifth Avenue in New York, take a look skyward and know that part of the Big Apple is there thanks to some Big Stone brought in all the way from southern Indiana.


3 Responses to “Part of Indiana graces the Big Apple”

  1. Nancy Miller says:


    It was so nice to read your blog today. My father was a security guard at Indiana Limestone for many years. During that time, I had the opportunity to see the quarry hole where the Empire State building came from, as well as other “blue” holes at the quarry. Watching the 9/11 anniversary coverage this weekend, I took a great deal of pride in knowing that the Empire State building and the Pentagon came from “my neck of the woods.”

  2. Lynn says:

    The Biltmore House in Asheville, NC was also built with Indiana limestone. Mr. Biltmore had a railroad built to ship the limestone to the site.

  3. Brent says:

    If you watch the movie “Breaking Away” with Dennis Quaid, the “Blue Hole” (so named because the minerals in the limestone make the rainwater and ground water take on a blue color) makes an appearance. High atop the hill is a cemetary where locals “cliff dive” into the “Empire Hole”. It’s quite a sight to see…