Show simple item record Kvale, Erik P. Powell, Richard L. 2007-05-30T16:17:49Z 2007-05-30T16:17:49Z 2004
dc.description.abstract Stone from the Hindostan Whetstone beds in southwestern Indiana was used to fashion gravestones during the early 1800s. Whetstone grave markers were among the very first commercial tombstones used in Indiana. The production of whetstone grave markers peaked during the 1840s and dropped off rapidly in the early 1850s. This drop in production can be tied to improvements in transportation in southern Indiana. The establishment of regional railroad lines opened Indiana to white marble from places like Tennessee, Georgia, and Vermont. The Indiana limestone industry also began to produce and market commercial gravestones. The lighter colors of these later monuments were preferred. Unfortunately, the marble and limestone markers were much more susceptible to the ravages of the weather and deteriorated rapidly. During the late 1800s they were eventually displaced by monuments of igneous and metamorphic rocks such as granite, or, for a short period of time in the 1890s, by metal monuments. The whetstone tombstone industry was by then largely forgotten. en
dc.format.extent 7480893 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.rights This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. en
dc.rights.uri en
dc.subject Indiana en
dc.subject whetstone en
dc.subject southern Indiana en
dc.subject southwestern Indiana en
dc.subject south-central Indiana en
dc.subject gravemarker en
dc.subject cemetery en
dc.subject headstone en
dc.subject stone carving en
dc.subject stone carver en
dc.subject grave monument en
dc.subject 1800s en
dc.subject nineteenth centure en
dc.subject head stones en
dc.subject grave stones en
dc.title Hindostan Whetstone Tombstone Industry in Indiana. 1811-1860 en
dc.type Presentation en

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search IUScholarWorks

Advanced Search


My Account