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Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Biggest Ball of Phosphate in Middle Tennessee

The Biggest Ball of Phosphate in Middle Tennessee

This reminds me of the Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota. This is one of those really exciting tourist destinations that for some reason isn't listed in any tour guide or travel brochures. I actually ended up here looking for something else. I googled this before uploading the picture and got absolutely no results. Maybe somebody dropped this off in the middle of the park without getting permission first and then town officials thought it was too heavy to move so they just left it.

But seriously, the "Largest Phosphate Rock Mined in Middle Tennessee" is a testament to the biggest industry in Maury County many decades ago. Most phosphate rock is the size of a pebble but this one is 12 feet long and weighs 30 tons. It was mined in 1964 by the Farmer Construction Company for Monsanto. At that time, Monsanto operated the largest Phosphorous plant about 5 miles from here.

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