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Higginbotham’s limestone shaped landmarks

By on September 27, 2011 in Alumni News, Campus News with 0 Comments

Higginbotham carried a rifle at his quarry to dispatch rattlesnakes.

When 58-year-old Dale Higginbotham died Saturday, Sept. 24, Abilene Christian University lost a friend whose business provided materials for some of ACU’s newest and most popular landmarks.

Higginbotham owned Lueders Limestone for 10 years, a 540-acre limestone quarry 30 miles north of Abilene with a reputation for providing quality building materials cut from Lueders Basin, one of the largest limestone deposits in the world.

While limestone has been used in ACU building projects over the past 25 years, the rough-hewn blocks of Lueders Limestone are featured in Jacob’s Dream sculpture site, the trailheads, benches and markers along Lunsford Foundation Trail, and the rock around Faubus Fountain Lake, as well as other projects around West Texas.

“Dale was very generous toward ACU,” said Will Lunsford (’89) of the Moriah Group, which purchased the business from Higginbotham in 2009.

Higginbotham, a former co-owner of Arrow Ford, also was a former trustee of Abilene Christian Schools, and a member of the Taekwondo Olympic Committee who served two years as a referee at the Taekwondo World Games in Seoul, Korea. He was a deacon at First Central Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Doreta; two daughters, Brittany (’08) and Tiffany (’11); and two brothers, Seaton and Vincent – all of Abilene.

Lueders Limestone was used to build the steps around Faubus Fountain Lake.

The late Leao McDaniel (’47) and his wife, Ellene (Jennings ’43) rest on one of the limestone benches on the Lunsford Foundation Trail in 2006.

Jack Maxwell (’78) and Dale Higginbotham search for pieces of limestone for Maxwell's Jacob's Dream sculpture site.

ACU art professor Jack Maxwell (’78) inspects pieces of limestone at the Lueders quarry in 2006, later used in his Jacob's Dream sculpture site.

Limestone blocks support the ladder upon which bronze angels climb at the Jacob's Dream sculpture site.

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