Leland Bluestone

Created roughly 130 years ago, Leland Bluestone isn't really a stone at all. It is a by-product, or "slag" created by the process of smelting iron ore.

In the late 19th century, the ore was carried from Escanaba, (in Michigan's upper peninsula) to Leland (in the lower peninsula), on schooners and steam ships.

The evergreens of the upper peninsula could not burn hot enough for the smelting process. The iron ore was unloaded in Leland where the required temperature was reached with hard wood charcoal.

The resulting slag was skimmed off and deposited on Leland's beach and nearby marina. You can find colors such as: denim blue, turquoise, Robin's egg blue, forest green, sage green and greyish purple.

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