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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.
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 commercial use today.
A glimpse to the past is preserved in the two original "beehive" kilns.

 
Erected by East Bay Regional Park District.
 
Location.
Clay, Kilns & Brick Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
2. Clay, Kilns & Brick Marker
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.
 
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. 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
The old kiln image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
3. The old kiln
Note: The plaque in front of the kiln has been removed (stolen?).
paving bricks already mentioned, the Richmond plant manufactured several types of face brick, Roman brick, and Norman brick.
(Submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The old kiln image. Click for full size.
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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 21, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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