A Quarry is Born

Photographed November 4, 2014
Erected by Harrington Beach State Park
Belgium, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin
 (A) 43.497424,-87.810904
(entrance to Harrington Beach State Park)
(B) 43.496702,-87.794688
(park at the Welcome Center)
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A Quarry is Born
In the 1890s, Milwaukeean David Whittaker noticed limestone outcroppings near here and bought up all the lakefront property between Cedar Beach Road and Highway D -- much of present day Harrington Beach State Park. Along with his son and others, he founded the Northwestern Stone Company, taking advantage of Lake Michigan for inexpensive limestone transport.

Despite Whittaker's ambitious plans, his company failed to prosper. In 1901, the Lake Shore Stone Company bought the property and managed a successful quarrying operation until about 1920.

The Whittaker home site. Search for its remains.
The marker is located deep inside Harrington Beach State Park. Use the above GPS coordinates to (A) arrive at the park entrance, (B) park your vehicle at the Welcome Center, and begin the 18-marker journey through the park, to the shores of Lake Michigan, and around Quarry Lake. The address to the entrance to Harrington State Beach Park is 531 County Road D, Belgium, Wisconsin 53004.

NOTE: You will need a Wisconsin State Park annual pass or day pass to access the marker; the marker is inside a fee-to-enter area.


The marker is No. 1 on the Harrington Beach State Park "Stonehaven" Historic Trail.

 Access to the markers begins near the Welcome Center.

The markers are along the scenic trail, which begins
adjacent to the parking lot for the Welcome Center.

Go past this gate to access the markers.

 There is plenty of parking adjacent to the Welcome Center.

The marker is located at Harrington Beach State Park.

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