I was told that the oolite limestone from your relatives’ quarry so enchanted William Randolph Hearst that he had much of his castle at San Simeon built out of it. According to the story I heard he actually had a small railway spur built for the sole purpose of transporting the stone to Central California for his castle.
We met with a Manti stone yard owner today (we’re building a house) and he had some oolite (salvaged from demolished houses) on his yard. I asked him if there’s still enough of it available to build houses. He said the oolite quarries have been so heavily worked that the oolite is now too hard to reach and thus too expensive to use. So people like him bring in limestone from Kansas and other places.
Anyway, Sanpete oolite is all over Central Utah and also Salt Lake. It’s a shame we won’t see more buildings built with it.
The Park Building at the U. and the Utah governor’s mansion were a few of the famous structures built of oolite. Sorry, I’m mildly obsessed with Central Utah architectural history! Here is more than you probably want to know about oolite. Your ancestors’ names may be mentioned here: