Garwin Mace Lime Kilns

In ruins
LimeKiln Park, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Photos 

South Kiln

Most of eastern Wisconsin is over the Niagra Escarpment, which runs beneath the Great Lakes. The escarpment is comprised of Silurian dolomite, which in this area is found on, or just below, the surface.

Dolomite (limestone) is comprised of calcium, magnesium, carbon, and oxygen. When exposed to high temperatures, 1900 to 2100, the carbon is released in the form of carbon dioxide. The result is lime.

Lime was used as a component in many building materials, and at one time, several kilns, like these two, comprised a large industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2010

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National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 12, 1982
Reference number
82000724
NR name
Mace, Garwin, Lime Kilns
Areas of significance
Industry; Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Business
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant year
1890

Update Log 

  • July 14, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 7, 2010: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added to Category "Lime Kiln"

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