I grew up around construction equipment, so I’ve always been fascinated by big holes in the ground. Every time I go down Bloomfield Rd. on the way to Dutchtown, I crane my neck to see if I can get a glimpse of the Strack Quarry at the intersection of Bloomfield and Hwy 74.
When Ernie Chiles and I flew around Cape in November, I asked him to make a pass over the Strack quarry so I could get a feel for how deep it was and how close it was to the Dalhousie subdivision that was carved out of the Elmwood estate.
(We didn’t have time to make a pass of the area that’s been the source of controversy over a request by Strack Excavating and Heartland Materials to establish two new quarries near Saxony Lutheran School at Fruitland.)
That’s a small, deep hole
Because of the shadows, it was hard for me to see all the way to the bottom. I never could get a feel for how steep the haul road was to get the stone out of the bottom of the pit. I didn’t see any sign of a conveyor like the cement plant uses.
No fences nor signs
A few days later, on the way to Dutchtown, I pulled off to see what was visible from the road. I was surprised to see there weren’t any fences separating the highway from the pit. A low row of rocks and a little berm was all that kept you out of a very deep hole. I didn’t spot any No Trespassing signs, either, but I decided not to press my luck. (I’ve been known to “overlook” such signs on occasion, but there really WEREN’T any here.)
Here’s a collection of photos taken from a number of different angles. Click on any image to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the photo to move through the gallery. If you like holes in the ground like I do, stay tuned for coming stories on SEMO Stone and the cement plant quarries.
Other aerial photos
Here are links to some other aerial photos we took on this flight:
7 Replies to “Strack Quarry on Hwy 74”
We live just off Bloomfield Road and hear the booms from the quarry when they are blasting.
This is just horrible! I had no idea they had gone so deep! I’ll bet those folks at Dalhousie are hoping that the walls don’t cave in!
Bad thing is that after Strack is done with the hole, they’ll just go off and leave it to fill up with water and be a hazard for any living thing in the area!
I’m not sure I’d go that far. I don’t think there’s much chance of a catastrophic cave-in. That’s all solid limestone around there.
I bet you didn’t know that there are horizontal shafts carved out beneath Sprigg Street when you drive past the cement plant.
I’m sure that all of the quarries have to file some kind of reclamation plan with the state. In some cases, it might be to allow them to become lakes.
It seems like every new subdivision I’ve driven past around Cape is building a lake. This one would just be a LOT deeper. (Once the water gets deeper than nose-high, it’s pretty much all the same.)
Thanks for trying to pacify me, Ken, but it isn’t working! I’m still horrified!
I concede that I’ve always been better at horrifying than pacifying.
i think it bull crap that they can just put them any where they please and dont think about the people that has to live around them !
Take a look at these Google Earth photos. Strack had his quarry at that location before Dalhousie ever started construction of the first house.
Anybody who bought a house on the ridge could look down and see a substantial hole in the ground. It shouldn’t have been a surprise that they had a quarry as a next-door neighbor.