Richmond in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Clay, Kilns & Brick
Brickyard Cove • Ferry Point Loop • San Francisco Bay Trail
Richmond Reds were bricks made of clay dug from nearby hill and turned red baking in the kilns.
Shipped by railroad, or barged from a small wharf built in the cove, "reds" were used to construct may Bay area buildings, including San Francisco's Palace Hotel and parts of Standard Oil's first California refinery.
Development of modern building materials, eventually rendered local brickyards obsolete. This one, the last, ceased operation in 1965.
Recreation and Residential
The Richmond Yacht Club bought Brickyard Cove in 1961.
Dredging and development followed, leading to the waterfront mix of recreational, residential and commercial use today.
Erected by East Bay Regional Park District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 37° 54.688′ N, 122° 22.753′ W. Marker is in Richmond, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker is at the intersection of Brickyard Cove Road and Old Kiln Lane, on the left when traveling east on Brickyard Cove Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1120 Brickyard Cove Road, Richmond CA 94801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wartime Changes (approx. 0.6 miles away); Richmond Shipyards (approx. 0.6 miles away); War Boomtown (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dynamic Wartime Port (approx. 0.6 miles away); By Land and By Sea (approx. ¾ mile away); SS Red Oak Victory (approx. 0.8 miles away); "Victory ships were a bigger, complicated ship." (approx. 0.9 miles away); "I was truly there and did my part to the end." -- Addie Mae Cance, former shipyard worker (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . . California Bricks -- Brickmakers. The Richmond pressed brick plant was to supplement the brick production from several plants (Submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.