Magic hour trespass in Carrara, NV where snow-white marble was once mined & where the Carrara Portland Cement Company Plant, built in 1936 to produce Portland cement, sits in beautiful ruin.
In 1904, the discovery of the snow-white marble in the Bare Mountain range led to the founding of Carrara.
Unfortunately most of the marble found on the site was of insufficient quality so it did not prove to be a bonanza of wealth.
The American Carrara Marble Company was formed in 1912, between 1911 and 1913 the company laid out the town site.
On April 1914, the first slabs of marble were shipped from the quarry. After the LV&T Railroad quit running in 1917, they built a spur from the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, owned by the Pacific Coast Borax to accommodate shipping from the Carrara Pacific. The town soon grew to 100 residents, with a newspaper and post office.
No one knows what happened to Bob.
I attempted to take the 3-mile heavily rutted dirt road seen here leading into the hills where the quarry was located. I drove about 2 miles with my non-4WD vehicle [which was already pushing it] and decided I better turn around before something happens. No quarry for me:(
Sometimes referred to as the Elizalde Cement Plant ruins, the shell of this abandoned complex was officially called the Carrara Portland Cement Company Plant.
Carrara Portland Cement Company was incorporated in November of 1940.
Angel M. Elizalde was the company’s director and Carrara’s largest investor.
By April, 1941, the plant was beginning to take shape.
It was slated to produce two grades of cement: gray construction cement, and a high quality white cement using the crushed white Carrara marble from the nearby quarry.
The plant would be powered by a 1100 horsepower steam engine using diesel oil for fuel.
Production was estimated to be at about 80 tons a day once the plant was completed, sometime in August 1941.
Unfortunately, a fire in July 1941 swept through the complex destroying numerous buildings.
Despite all of the time, money and effort invested, the cement plant was never put into operation.
The investment was abandoned, and the ruins now stand on BLM land, slowly decaying into the Nevada desert.
Protecting and preserving historic, sacred, and sensitive sites should be practiced by all. Locations, directions, and names to some of the places found on this site are not listed, please don’t ask for them. Tread lightly, leave no trace and always respect the wonder that surrounds you.