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Marble quarry Roccho Curbo or Saut d Loup

I found two names for this quarry. I do not know which is the correct one if any… Roccho Cuerbo  means Curved Rock. The name was given to a rock (see picture) laying near the road to Praly.
Saout d Loup means Wolf’s Jump and is linked to legends that state that in this narrow passage it was common that convoys were assaulted.
Early in the 20th century, Mr. Rossetti started the quarry. After the activity ceased, a big cavern remained which is still visible.
The marble was taken down hill to the place called La Riso or The Saw because there was a primitive saw used to cut the blocks in useful and transportable sizes.
The special feature of this quarry is that t is mostly underground. As opposed to talc which is – in this area – always collected underground, marble is always but in this case collected out side.
There are many places where blocks were cut one of them is the cavern.
RocchoCuerbo

This picture was taken when the old Praly road was still used. The rock on top is the one which gives the name to the area.

Source: Come Vivevano… Pinerolo val Chisone e Germanasca fin de sicle (1880-1920); Claudiana 1990

WhatIsThis

What's this?

Picture: 2006

OverviewIn

Entrance seen form inside.

Picture: 2006

Inside

Inside view.

Picture: 2006

Outside

Outside portion of the quarry.

Picture: 2006

Building

Building

Picture: 2006

cable

Engravings left by the cable that used to drive the blocks down hill.

1858

Engraving on the side wall.

Picture: 2006

Ugon

Engraving on the side wall.

Picture: 2006

side

Engraving on the side wall.

Picture: 2006

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