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Richmond in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Clay, Kilns & Brick

Brickyard Cove • Ferry Point Loop • San Francisco Bay Trail

 
 
Clay, Kilns & Brick Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
1. Clay, Kilns & Brick Marker
Inscription.  
Only expansive brown mudflats, backed by rolling hills ablaze with orange poppies in the spring, were found here at Brickyard Cove until the Santa Fe Railway came to Ferry Point in the early 1900s, three brick manufacturing companies arrived. The largest, Los Angeles Pressed Brick Company operated seven kilns turning out 40,000 bricks a day. The Los Angeles Brick Company became the Richmond Brick Company around 1915.
Richmond Reds

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
Clay, Kilns & Brick Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
2. Clay, Kilns & Brick Marker
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commercial use today.
A glimpse to the past is preserved in the two original "beehive" kilns.
 
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. Contra Costa College Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); 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); Ferries and Frieght on San Francisco Bay (approx. 0.6 miles away); By Land and By Sea (approx. Ύ mile away); SS Red Oak Victory (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .  Simons Brick Co. and Early L.A. Brickyards. Los Angeles Revisited blog (Submitted on October 7, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
The old kiln image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
3. The old kiln
The marker in front of the kiln has been removed or stolen.
The old kiln image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
4. The old kiln
The Richmond Pressed Brick Company plant image. Click for full size.
Richmond Historical Society
5. The Richmond Pressed Brick Company plant
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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May. 19, 2022