The Old Print Shop

Limestone in Kansas.

  • ARTIST: Frenzeny Tavernier

  • MEDIUM: Wood engraving with modern handcoloring,

    DATE: c. 1870

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 10 1/2 x 7 1/4" (267 x 185 mm)

  • DESCRIPTION: A 19th-century perspective of limestone mining in Kansas, captured as a handcolored wood engraving. The scene depicts a bustling mine with men extracting and shaping stone. The vibrant handcoloring highlights the rugged landscape and industrious atmosphere, underscoring limestone's significance as a key building material in the region. <br><br> In the 19th century, limestone mining thrived in Kansas, driven by the state's abundant natural deposits. This resource proved invaluable, particularly in western Kansas, where lumber was scarce. Consequently, limestone emerged as a common and essential building material. Its durability and availability made it a preferred choice for constructing homes, businesses, and public structures. The extensive use of limestone not only shaped the architectural landscape of the region but also played a crucial role in the economic development of Kansas during this period.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: This piece is in a mat for handling.

  • CONDITION: Good condition.