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Canton in Stark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Williams Brick Plant

 
 
The Williams Brick Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, September 21, 2019
1. The Williams Brick Plant Marker
Inscription.  From the late 1800's through the 1930's, Canton, Ohio, was considered the world's leading manufacturer of paving brick. In addition to having well-established shipping routes, this area boated large quantities of natural clay and shale.

In 1887, Civil War Captain William S. Williams built a brick plant in this vicinity. The plant featured beehive brick kilns that could produce 20,000 bricks per day. He started operations using clay, but soon discovered that vitrified shale was a better option; and there was an abundance of shale on this property that could be mined.

Williams' brick plant was successful at first; but, emerging competition forced him to sell the plant in 1901 to the Model Brick Works, beginning a legacy of multiple owners. Acme Brick Company, Home Brick Company, and Canton Brick and Fireproofing Company are other names the brick company was known as throughout the plant's 47-year history.

In 1934, the City of Canton purchased the property with grant money from the Timkin Foundation. The area of the shale pit was given to the Canton City Board of Education, which used the quarried amphitheater-like
The Williams Brick Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, September 21, 2019
2. The Williams Brick Plant Marker
setting to build Fawcett Stadium (now the current site of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium). The remainder of the property was developed into Stadium Park, the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum site, and Interstate 77.
 
Location. 40° 49.279′ N, 81° 23.711′ W. Marker is in Canton, Ohio, in Stark County. Marker is at the intersection of Stadium Park Drive NW and Harrison Avenue NW on Stadium Park Drive NW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canton OH 44708, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “The Cradle of Professional Football” (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Martin Luther King Jr. in Canton (approx. mile away); Spanish Mortar (approx. mile away); French Cannon (approx. mile away); Base of the Conning Tower of the US Battleship Maine (approx. mile away); Symbolism of the McKinley National Memorial (approx. one mile away); Building the McKinley National Memorial (approx. one mile away); Ohio War Memorial (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
 
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The W.S. Williams Brick Plant - circa 1894 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, September 21, 2019
3. The W.S. Williams Brick Plant - circa 1894
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 22, 2019, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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