Marble Falls

History of Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain was part of a grant made to Texas colonist William Slaughter. The site became well-known when a dispute arose in the 1880's over the type of stone to be used in the construction of the state capital building in Austin. The issue was settled in 1885 when Governor John Ireland resisted demands to use non-native limestone.

Granite Mountain's true fame began on July 29, 1885 when the owners, "donated to the people of Texas, granite sufficient and suitable for the building, erection and completion of the entire State Capital Building." Convict labor was contracted for the tremendous task of cutting the granite into blocks for shaping. Mule-drawn flat cars were used to haul the blocks to the dressing and shaping grounds at the quarry. A narrow gauge railroad was specially built to haul the 15,700 carloads of granite from the quarry to the Capital Building site in Austin. The Texas Capital is second in size only to the National Capital. When constructed, it was said to be the seventh largest building in the world.

Granite from Granite Mountain was used in the construction of many buildings known for their beautiful design such as the Georgia Pacific Building and the Coca Cola Building both in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Wyndham Hotel in Dallas, Texas, Inter-North building in Omaha, Nebraska, Sohio Corporate Headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio and the Crocker Building in San Francisco, California. It was also used for the famed Galveston, Texas seawall and virtually every jetty on the Texas gulf coast.

Granite Mountain was purchased by Cold Spring Granite Company, in Cold Spring, Minnesota in 1951 and has operated under the name Texas Granite Corporation since that time.

The Cold Spring Granite Company is the world's largest fabricator of granite products including interior and exterior structural granite, landscape and industrial granite, and memorials.

Granite Mountain and Quarry:

The Granite Mountain, from which Cold Spring quarries its beautiful Sunset Red granite, was born many millions of years ago when the earth's surface was just forming. Where the earth's crust had cooled and firmed, the hot internal mixture surged up into pockets near the surface and then cooled, creating one of nature's hardest stones, GRANITE. The immense internal pressure of the boiling interior then thrust these granite pockets upward, breaking through the earth's crust, thus arose The Mountain.

The Mountain is solid granite - one of nature's hardest materials - a stone that is composed of quartz, feldspar, and (usually) mica. Properly installed, granite should last forever. A highly valued quality of granite is that it will accept a high polish. Not only is this mirror finish exceptionally beautiful, but is especially suitable for resisting extreme conditions.

For more information about Marble Falls and the surrounding area please contact the

Marble Fallas / Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce
801 Hwy 281
Marble Falls, TX 78654
(210) 693-4449
(800) 759-8178
(210) 693-7594 FAX