Rhyolite or Wall Mountain Tuff, as its known in geological terms, was
first mined from the Castle Rock area in the 1870’s by miners making
$2.50 per day.
The stone was recognized for its natural beauty, durability, and utility
as a superior dimension stone (one that is cut to specified and constant
size). It became an important material for the region’s building
boom. The stone was quarried by hand and then shipped by rail from Castle
Rock to Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo and as far away as Cheyenne
Wyoming, Omaha and Kansas City for the construction of that eras buildings.
Rhyolite is a colorful and lightweight volcanic rock that has been used
since the late 1800’s for building structures. It is commonly used
as surface veneer to provide a colorful and rough-hewn surface that causes
a constant play of shadows across the walls of buildings.
Schmidt excavates rhyolite stone from its natural environment and sorts
it into various boulder sizes and colors (tan, grey, brown, pink and purple).
The stone is then hand split into veneer for building purposes. The stone
breaks with a sharp, yet uneven fracture that causes the constant play
of shadows across the walls. The veneer stone can be shipped in bulk or
on conveniently shrink-wrapped pallets.
Rhyolite weighs roughly one-half as much as limestone and granite, does
not crumble and is virtually impervious to the elements. This makes it
an ideal choice for building veneer faces on structures to incorporate
colorful, pleasing accents.
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Decorative Rhyolite Stone examples:
Center Entrance Briargate
Front Entrance I
Front Entrance II Monument