Texas | Barstow
Quito Quarry and “Pecos” Sandstone
Man who once owned the "Barstow Quarry"
Photo Courtesy Smithville Public Library
The Quito Quarry: About four miles East of Barstow
and just South of Interstate 20, is the former Quito quarry. This
is an outcropping of Santa Rosa sandstone which was in great demand
with architects in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If a building
couldn't be built entirely of Pecos stone, architects used it for
stringcourses for the contrast it provided for limestone and granite.
When you wanted your building to stand out in 1910 and you were close
to a rail line, it was “Pecos”
sandstone you’d order. Gunnar Brune reported that in 1981 water was
standing in the quarry.
Quarry in Barstow, 1895
Photo courtesy Lane DeWitt.
About 12 miles north of Barstow at
the north end of Soda Lake, springs used to flow from the sand. They
have been dry since the 1930s. Gunnar Brune, in his excellent Springs
of Texas, 1981, says that the water table in the area was only
about 15 feet (in 1967).
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