||Site of major gravel quarry for the Little Miami Railroad.
Comprises approximately 15 acres. Today the pit is quite overgrown except for a
small area used for dumping leaves and brush. A small maintenance building is
located at the end of the service road.
Highly significant for its association with the
construction of the Little Miami Railroad. Chartered in 1836, the
Little Miami was the second railroad built in Ohio and the first to link
Cincinnati with its hinterland. Research suggests this quarry was
first mined in 1854. The entire village of Terrace Park rests on a
major deposit of Wisconsin outwash, hence the substantial gravel supply.
This quarry was instrumental in the laying of ballast on the line between
Cincinnati and Xenia. (From "Ohio History Inventory" in
TPHS files.) (Ballast is the gravel laid underneath the railroad
rails. Where they took this gravel from is sometimes called a "borrow