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.
A glimpse to the past is preserved in the two original "beehive" kilns.
Erected by East Bay Regional Park District.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1120 Brickyard Cove Road, Richmond CA 94801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wartime Changes (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); "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); "It was a real workhorse." -- Jim Cannon, Marketing Director, Levin-Richmond Terminal Corp (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Richmond Supply Company Building (approx. 1.1 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 owned by the Los Angeles Pressed Brick Company. Thus only certain types of bricks were made at this plant. Aside from the common and (Submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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