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Rose Lime Kiln

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1881, Samuel Tarkington, builder. Beside Henson Creek on Henson Creek Rd. (Hinsdale County 20), 12 miles west of Lake City

Capitol City financier and developer George S. Lee built this kiln in anticipation of a building boom that never transpired. Named for his daughter, the kiln extracted lime through heat calcination to be used in lime mortar and in chinking for log buildings. Abandoned in 1882, the 44-foot-tall structure consists of a central, rectangular chimney with attached furnaces at the base and a battered central section reinforced with external steel rods at stress points. Lee used brick and stone from local sources and designed the kiln so that fuel and lime never touched. Limestone was introduced in the upper part of the chimney and heated to 1,000 degrees as it descended until the lime accumulated in the bottom five feet of the chimney, then was cooled and removed through a metal hopper.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Rose Lime Kiln", [Lake City, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 551-551.

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