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BARSTOW TIDBITS:
Soda Springs,
Quito Quarry and “Pecos” Sandstone

Barstow Quarry owner
The 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.
Quito Quarry, Barstow, Texas, 1895
Quito Quarry in Barstow, 1895

Photo courtesy Lane DeWitt.
Soda Springs. 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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