Yesterday: In 1989, a monumental fire at Salisbury Marble and Granite Co.

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 14, 2016

This photo from the Post files shows the Jan. 18, 1989, fire that destroyed the manufacturing facility, costly memorials, offices and records of Salisbury Marble and Granite Co. at 1305 S. Main St. But the Gaulden family quickly picked up the pieces after this devastating fire, and by June 2, 1990, it was dedicating a new building and having an open house at the business, which dates back to 1919. Although company records were destroyed in the fire, people who owed Salisbury Marble and Granite Co. money came forward to pay their bills. Customers with lost orders showed considerable understanding and patience in having those orders filled out again. Because the manufacturing of the monuments could take place at the family’s Rock Hill location, Gaulden did not have to replace the large manufacturing building. Instead, he built a new Salisbury sales office and showroom, which still exists today on South Main Street.

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