Originally based in Phenix, MO, the Phenix Marble Co. first opened in the early 20th century. At the time, it was one of the largest producers of stone and marble in the country, employing 250 workers. The town of Phenix boasted two hotels, a church, a schoolhouse, a general store, a depot and a large community hall paid for by the Tompkins-Kiel distributors.
If you're not familiar with the name Conco Quarries Incorporated, it may be because you're not from the Midwest. Here's a wee bit of context before we get to the meat and potatoes of this story.
Welcome back, Phenix Marble Co. And after decades of silence, limestone and marble are being mined from the bowels of the quarry again. The historic company was one of the nation's largest producers of marble and was the lifeblood of Phenix, Missouri, which transformed into a ghost town when the company shut down.
The inaguration of Governor Eric Greitens on the steps of the state capitol marked the beginning of a new era for Missouri. It also quietly symbolized a new chapter for a Greene County company experiencing a rebirth. The brand new steps of the capitol were mined from a quarry at the ghost town of Phenix, located just north of Ash Grove.