Monday, March 26, 2012

Pic Today 3/26/12


Ruins of a lime kiln, in Rockwoods Reservtion, Missouri,
show how lime mortar was made in the 1850's.
The lime was used to make cement and mortar
for area homes and buildings.

This kiln was producing lime in 1856,
and required two ingredients plentiful in the state:
limestone (from nearby bluffs) and
fuel (firewood from surrounding woods.)

It was common for early settlers to establish
rock quarries and lime kilns, as they settled
and built towns along Missouri's rivers.

Kilns were operated 24-hours a day,
reaching temperatures of 800˚,
which transformed limestone rock
into powdered quick lime,
the essential ingredient for cement.

Powdered lime was also used to "sweeten"
farm fields to increase crop productivity.


  1. How wonderful Rick!
    Here in Valencia there is a "Road lime kilns" ... there seems to be the same in all parts of the world ...
    People here have a different way, but in the north of Spain is similar to those of Missouri.
    This is what is in Valencia, very near my home ....

  2. Aaw, I was hoping you'd write that they it is still working. The stonework is amazing. You must travel to a lot of places to photograph them. The things you see are wonderful, oh wait, it is your eyes that are wonderful, for they see the things...

  3. Preciosas imágenes de una forma antigua de elaborar la cal. Aqui en el norte de España se hacía de una manera muy similar, hoy en día también en desuso.
    Un saludo desde Asturias- España

  4. Wow, this series was so great. Never seen this before. Thanks for sharing this to us.
    The flower you ask about call in latin Tussilago farfara.

  5. wonderful photos Rick
    and interesting too