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Location DB > United States > Wisconsin > Sherwood > Lime Kilns at High Cliff
Lime Kilns at High Cliff
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created by dogtags on 2/17/2007 12:14 AM
last modified by fr00tCake on 3/3/2023 8:24 PM
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There were three kilns at High Cliff. The white chimney on the left was used to heat the loading platform that has since been removed. The building to the right of the kilns is the Cooper's Shop. Barrels were made and filled there.
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Type: Building Ruins
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: not very exciting
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N7630 State Park Road
Sherwood, Wisconsin
United States
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  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1856
    Closed: 1956
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    This was once the site of a thriving lime producing business know as the Western Lime and Cement Company. From the beginning to end, production here lasted approximately 100 years (1856-1956). All that remains are the skeletons of the three kilns.

    Niagara Dolostone (limestone) quarried on top of the ledge was manuvered down trecherous, zig-zag trails by horse drawn carts. A pulley system later replaced the horses and made for more efficent transportation. Th rocks was dropped into the tops of the kilns and after "baking", was drawn out as a powder from the arched doors at the bottom.

    The kilns were heated to a temperature of around 2,200 degrees Fehrenheit to turn out a white powdery substance know as "quick lime." Heaps of wasteime are still present on the hill close to the lake. Wood fuels the kilns until the supply of trees on the ledge was depleted. Caol was later used. Quick lime was barreled and bagged in the Cooper's Shop, the brick structure to the right of the kilns. Product was then loaded onto barges and railcars for shipment across Wisconsin.

    Good quality lime was used in plaster, cement, and for agricultural purposes. Poorer quality rock was sent to the crusher to be made into gravel. You can still see the foundation of the gyrating crusher to the east of these ruins.

    As the quality of available limestone diminish, the liming industry at the High Cliff site began to wane. The last load of stone was dropped into the kilns in the spring of 1956. The land had been previously purchased by the State of Wisconsin and was on it's way to becoming a state park.

    (Modified text from the sign at the site)
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    There are no future plans that I am aware of. I believe the state will allow it to slowly decay and return to nature.

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    November 2006
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