Clay, Kilns & Brick

Clay, Kilns & Brick (HM1SA9)

Location: Richmond, CA 94801 Contra Costa County
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N 37° 54.688', W 122° 22.753'

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Brickyard Cove · Ferry Point Loop · San Francisco Bay Trail

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.
HM NumberHM1SA9
Placed ByEast Bay Regional Park District
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 554568 N 4196173
Decimal Degrees37.91146667, -122.37921667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 54.688', W 122° 22.753'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 54' 41.28" N, 122° 22' 45.18" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)510
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Old Kiln Way, Richmond CA 94801, US
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