Truckloads of glittery Oakley stone are sold across the country and the world, but first the unusual mineral must be mined and hand-split by work crews on Middle Mountain. The Times-News tours a quarry and stone yard to see how the industry is adding millions to southern Idaho’s economy.
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Those slabs of Oakley stone, lovely and elegant, might adorn a well-heeled customer's fireplace or pave a public plaza. But the cost is back-wrenching labor in an industry often overlooked in southern Idaho.