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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Algoma in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


Brickyards Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 16, 2008
1. Brickyards Marker
(photo captions)
The Storm Brickyard in Algoma
A view of brick buildings in downtown Algoma looking east on Steele Street.
Inscription.  After the disastrous fires that swept through Kewaunee County in 1871, a more substantial building material was sought and brickyards made their appearance in several locations in the county.

A good supply of clay located in the area between here and Division Street (three blocks to the west) provided the major raw material needed to make bricks. When the supply of clay diminished after a few years, a new brickyard was established nearby. This yard was in operation until about 1910. Many of the stores in downtown Algoma were built with bricks produced in these yards.

The crushed clay was placed into molds to form the bricks, which were then placed in the sun to dry. While drying, the bricks would be covered when necessary to protect them from dampness and rain. After several weeks, the bricks were ready to be placed in a kiln. During this time, the fires that heated the kilns were tended day and night. After about three weeks in the kiln, the hardened bricks were ready for sale.
Erected 2000 by the Kewaunee County Historical Society.
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in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 44° 36.081′ N, 87° 26.391′ W. Marker is in Algoma, Wisconsin, in Kewaunee County. Marker is at the intersection of Lake Street (State Highway 42) and Ohio Street, on the left when traveling south on Lake Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1226 Lake Street, Algoma WI 54201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Church of St. Agnes-by-the-Lake (approx. 0.3 miles away); Door-Kewaunee County College / Henry Diefenbach Sculptures (approx. 0.4 miles away); American Legion Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Officer Ronald L. Leist (approx. 0.6 miles away); Christmas Tree Ship Point (approx. 0.6 miles away); Schooner Daniel Lyons (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Lumber Industry in Algoma (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bruemmerville (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Algoma.
Brickyards Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 16, 2008
2. Brickyards Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 894 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 31, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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