The geology around Oglesby brought together two key ingredients for the manufacture of cement. There is plentiful limestone for calcium carbonate and lots of coal for the kilning/cooking process. Cement is still manufactured nearby but the plants in Ogelsby closed years ago. The district is similar in some respects to the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and south central Ohio. The largest cement plant in Oglesby is on a large plot of secured and fenced land. It's not operating but the company that owns it still has a presence on site. The smaller plant pictured above has been abandoned for many years. This plant is directly off the side of Walnut Street on the east side of town.
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