So What Happened to the Marble at the Tatlock Mine?

So What Happened to the Marble at the Tatlock Mine?


They said that in the 60s there was millions of dollars in marble inside the Tatlock Mine. For more than a 100 years people have known that but for years they said that the only blue marble that was supposed in the world was right there in that very mine which was 26 miles from Perth. There are mines in Europe that are supposed to have blue marble but nothing to rival the colour of the blue sky that the Tatlock mine had.


In the 60s development was going on and they were hiring local labour. It was anticipated that the Tatlock Quarry Marble would soon be used in projects in the United States and Canada.

The marble was being taken out at that date in blocks weighing 90 to 300 tons which was the size of a small home. The huge blocks were of 12-15 tons and then trucked  to the company in Scarborough where they were then sawn into blocks by a diamond drag and polished into either pink blue or white. Sounded like a very promising business– so what happened. Now th rock formation is gleaming hill of white crumbly rock that OMYA is gradually stripping away for use as filler in things like paint, plastics, and toothpaste. The quarry is spectacular. What a pity to use such beautiful rock in such mundane ways. What happened to the dreams from the 60s?

 - Perth company shoots for all the marbles By...

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  02 Apr 1979, Mon,  REVISION,  Page 3

Isabel Fox–There are two mines – a white marble and a light blue marble mine. I believe they are presently owned by a Swiss company. My Guthrie ancestors landed on the blue marble quarry when they came to Canada. The late Lloyd Francis MP said it was the best blue marble in the world. I had a marble table made from the blue marble and the marble was shipped to Toronto for cutting and then returned to me – a treasure.
They were all taken at the Tatlock Quarry. I found them in my parents collection of pictures. I’m assuming here that my mom took these pictures. My parents were Donnie and Audrey MacDonald and my dad worked for Archie Guthrie at the time. 🙂


More Notations on Tatlock

Kings Warks and Cemeteries–Interesting Discoveries of Lanark County

The Mysterious Tatlock Mine

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

2 responses »

  1. Should be Isabel Fox, not Francis. I had a marble table made from the blue marble and the marble was shipped to Toronto for cutting and then returned to me – a treasure.


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