Limestone

Limestone

Bedford’s influence can be seen in many of the Nation’s most well-known and high-profile structures. The Biltmore Estate, Empire State Building, The Pentagon, National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and more than two-thirds of all state capitol buildings were constructed using limestone quarried in southern Indiana. Known as Indiana or Bedford Stone, the abundant limestone comes from an area known as the “Stone Belt” which is comprised of Lawrence, Owen, Monroe, Washington, Orange, Crawford and Putnam Counties. According to the Indiana Geological Survey, close to 2.7 million cubic feet of Indiana limestone is quarried each year generating roughly $26 million in revenues annually.