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Near Mingus in Erath County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Thurber Brick Plant

 
 
Site of Thurber Brick Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, January 22, 2018
1. Site of Thurber Brick Plant Marker
Inscription. Texas and Pacific Coal Company general manager W.K. Gordon, seeing potential in the shale mud found in Thurber, persuaded company president R.D. Hunter to build a brick plant here in 1897. Original machinery included three Ross-Keller brick presses powered by a Corliss team engine nicknamed “Old Hunter.” The operation covered five acres and employed 800 men. Brick manufactured here was used to pave roads throughout Texas, including Old Bankhead Highway (US 80), Austin’s Congress Avenue, Fort Worth’s Camp Bowie Boulevard, and the Galveston sea wall. The plant closed in 1931.
 
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4901.)
 
Location. 32° 30.291′ N, 98° 24.883′ W. Marker is near Mingus, Texas, in Erath County. Marker is at the intersection of Interstate 20 Frontage Road and County Road 107, on the right when traveling east on Interstate 20. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mingus TX 76463, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Thurber's First Coal Mine (here, next to this marker); New York Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitehead Cemetery
Markers in Front of W.K. Gordon Center image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, January 22, 2018
2. Markers in Front of W.K. Gordon Center
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Barbara's Catholic Church (about 400 feet away); Thurber (approx. 0.2 miles away); Evolution of an Oil Company (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Hotel Knox and Thurber Mining Office (approx. ¼ mile away); Thurber Cemetery (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mingus.
 
Also see . . .  Thurber, TX. A website on the history of Thurber. (Submitted on February 4, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Fragment of Original Wall of Thurber Brick Plant image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, January 22, 2018
3. Fragment of Original Wall of Thurber Brick Plant
Located next to parking lot of W.K. Gordon Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 4, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 4, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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