Utica Hydraulic Cement Company, Utica, IL
Also known as: Norton & Steele Cement Co. 1838-1842, James Clark & Son Cement Co. 1845-1883, Utica Hydraulic Cement Company & Operation 1889Hydraulic cement manufacturing plant
Remains of kiln bldg, Utica Hydraulic Cement Co
East Lincoln Street, Utica, IL
+41.34337, -89.0097741°20'36" N, 89°00'35" W
Limestone was discovered in this area in 1837 during construction of the I & M Canal. When heated in kilns it decomposes to a natural cement called "hydraulic cement" that hardens underwater. Norton & Steele built their mill in 1838 to supply it to the canal project. James Clark purchased it in 1845 and turned it into a thriving business. About 1889 the mill was moved south to Washington St and continued in business until about 1947.
- July 27, 2015: Added by GS