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Yule Marble

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Yule Marble, which only comes from this little corner of Colorado, is the official state rock. It’s been used in the Lincoln Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Solider and Hearst Castle, among many other projects.
Colorado’s Yule Marble

In Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial is surrounded by 36 giant columns, one for every state in the union at the time of Lincoln’s death in 1865. Colorado is NOT one of those states, but it’s represented another way. All of the columns, and the façade of the building itself, are made of Colorado marble – Yule Marble, to be exact, found only in a river valley outside of a town the town of, yes, Marble.

It’s smooth, even and luminous, 99.5% pure calcite. Huge blocks were excavated for the Lincoln memorial, carved in Colorado then shipped to the nation’s Capitol. Later, more slabs were used for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. And in 2004, thanks to girl scouts in Lakewood, Yule Marble became the state rock of Colorado.

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