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Veedersburg in Fountain County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Veedersburg Wabash Clay Company

 
 
Veedersburg Wabash Clay Company Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 15, 2021
1. Veedersburg Wabash Clay Company Marker
Inscription.  
One of the most iconic brand names in the world of sports has its origins here in the town of Veedersburg. The famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway is known the world over as “The Brickyard”, because the track surface was once composed entirely of bricks. After other surfaces had failed in early races, bricks were recommended to Speedway founder, Carl Fisher, as the most durable material available. Desiring only the best, Fisher turned to Veedersburg.

Veedersburg’s Wabash Clay Company was nationally renowned for its quality. When Fisher visited Wabash Clay in September, 1909, he was impressed, and ordered 3,500,000 bricks at $.13 each. Meeting Fisher’s demanding timeframe took a herculean effort by Wabash Clay’s workers. But, 63 days after the first bricks arrived, the Speedway was paved. The majority of those bricks remain today: the very core of the Speedway, and a testament to the proud legacy of Veedersburg.
 
Erected 2016 by Indiana Racing Memorial Association Indiana Bicentennial Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment

Veedersburg Wabash Clay Company Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 15, 2021
2. Veedersburg Wabash Clay Company Marker
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Industry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesSports. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1909.
 
Location. 40° 6.716′ N, 87° 15.799′ W. Marker is in Veedersburg, Indiana, in Fountain County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Street and South Mill Street, on the left when traveling west on 1st Street. The marer stands at the rail trail gazebo behind the Fire Department. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 1st Street, Veedersburg IN 47987, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veedersburg Memorial Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veedersburg - VanBuren Township War Memorial (about 400 feet away); Lee and Mike Ramsey (about 400 feet away); Nineteenth Century Functional Commercial Building (about 600 feet away); Booe - Inlow - d'Arlier Cultural Center (approx. ¼ mile away); Curfew Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veedersburg " Scout Cabin " (approx. 0.4 miles away); Veedersburg (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Veedersburg.
 
Veedersburg Wabash Clay Company Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 15, 2021
3. Veedersburg Wabash Clay Company Marker
An example of "Wabash Bricks" lining the sidewalk at the gezebo. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 15, 2021
4. An example of "Wabash Bricks" lining the sidewalk at the gezebo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 323 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 24, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 31, 2023