620 W. Park St., Marble, CO 81623
A 100-ton block, squared to 56 tons, created the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Washington, D.C., and marble from local quarries was also used in the construction of the Lincoln Memorial. Today, the quarry continues to ship its famous stone internationally.
Fishing is a popular pastime here. Beaver Lake is good for rainbow and brook trout fishing, while Yule Creek, flowing through town and over glistening white marble, supports plenty of cutthroats. Following the creek south will also lead you to the Yule Marble Quarry. Four-wheeling is excellent in the area; one route to try is Schofield Pass, which heads east from Marble to the ghost town of Crystal, eventually entering Crested Butte through the backdoor.
The Marble Historical Society Museum, housed in the community's 1910 schoolhouse, preserves the unique silver, gold and, of course, marble history of the town. While there, pick up a self-guided tour map of historic downtown; marked sites include the former Crystal Mill location, where you can hike around the oddly fascinating marble rejects and Marble's old church and bank. A dozen other day hikes are also available from town.
Several bed and breakfasts are close to town and the Marble Gallery is an excellent stop to see what today's artists are making of the town's namesake metamorphic rock.
Read 2 Days in the Roaring Fork Valley for an itinerary of things to do in the area.
Photo: Ben Adams.