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  Colorado, Jefferson County, Golden, Cambria Lime Kiln
Photographed 14 February 2015.

The Golden Civic Foundation interpretive panel at the Cambria Lime Kiln reads as follows:

The Cambria Lime Kiln stands as one of the few remaining historic facilities of Goldens industrial legacy. It is the only known surviving man-made industrial component of Golden's brick-making operations and is likely the only historic industrial kiln of any kind remaining in the Golden region and possibly in all of Jefferson County. The company and the individuals behind it had a tremendous influence on the development of the Golden area during the 1880s and 1890s when Golden was a booming town.

The Cambria Lime Kiln was constructed in 1879 and was made from native sandstone that was quarried from its vicinity. The fact that is was built from stone and not from brick is a rather unusual feature for an industrial kiln of this region. The Cambria Brick and Tile Company which operated in Golden from 1879 to the mid-1890s, built this kiln to serve its commercial and residential interests. Through its plant, kilns, and lime and clay quarries, the Cambria Company became one of the most diverse and productive industrial plants in Jefferson County and was responsible for much of the building materials used to develop Golden in the late 19th century. The Cambria Lime Kiln is the final remaining structure of the Cambria Company's operations.

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