Old Appleton Quarry

Aerial Old Appleton Quarry 04-17-2011You don’t realize how many quarries there are in Southeast Missouri until you fly over the area in a small plane. When Ernie Chiles and I went on a photo mission that took us up to Perry County in 2011, we passed over Old Appleton on the way home.

There is one HUGE pit on the west side of Hwy 61 at the intersection of  State Hway KK just south of Old Appleton. The brown water in the foreground is Apple Creek.

I couldn’t find much information on the quarry. There are still piles of gravel around, so it may still be active.

When I searched for quarries and Old Appleton, the only thing that popped up was a vague reference to Martin Marietta Aggregates, 224 State Hwy KK. A website not affiliated with the company (so far as I could tell) said that it has an estimated annual revenue of $2.5 to $5 million and employees 10 to 19 people.

Quarry photo gallery

Here some views of the quarry from other angles. Click on any photo to make it larger, then use your arrow keys to move through the gallery.

15 Replies to “Old Appleton Quarry”

  1. That quarry was purchased by Martin Marietta and has been shutdown. As a person would come out the upper entrance there is a very small cemetery there. At least there were markers. I have not been on KK for a while. I heard it was an African American cemetery. Don’t know for sure. I’ll check it out and see if it is still there.

  2. That quarry is the closest one I have ever seen to an active body of water; especially considering it is lower than Apple Creek. Ground water seepage would be a constant aggravation.

  3. The cemetery is an African American cemetery. Also just up Apple Creek is the house built into the side of the hill. Its 3 floors.

    1. I just came across this post, sorry for the delay in replying. My step-grandfather, J.W. Gerhardt, built the home around 1952 that I believe you are referring to. He called it “Riviere de la Pomme”, which is French for “River of the Apples”; we fondly referred to it as “The Lodge.” It has three main floors, plus a very unique cave room on a lower level that has the actual creek bluffs for part of its interior walls. He also built an African American school house around 1910 (his first project under Gerhardt Construction Co, from what I have found), which likely was across Rt. KK from the cemetery and was relocated onto the Lodge property in the 1950’s. I think it was later relocated (1970’s?) near the historic and sadly demolished Wucher House in Old Appleton. Mary Jane Buchheit, a local historian of the Apple Creek area, is trying to find out more information about this school and of the African American community that lived in Old Appleton in the late 1800’s to early and mid 1900’s. She has helped to establish a museum about the Apple Creek area in the school building next to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Apple Creek.

  4. I have no ideal, I was asked the question and told the inquirer I try to dig up the story too. Thanks for responding. Theres still my friend Herb Buchheit who is very knowlegeable about this area, maybe I’ll get to ask him.

  5. I would like to take/get a great photo of the quarry. How can I get in without breaking the law? I see posts from teenagers swimming in it, so there must be a way.

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