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|I was sitting out this morning having my coffee in just a shirt with the warm 60 deg F weather we have been having. A section of my patio, made from old street paving bricks has this pretty moss growing between the bricks. Wished it was all over & thought it would make a pretty photo. The bricks were wet with sweat, so added to the contrast & color. Photo was not cropped. PP was sharpen, increased contrast in color curves, unsharp mask, & framed.|
Some History of Ohio Brick
The first bricks used for road surfacing in Ohio were made in Newell, West Virginia, by Captain John Porter. His bricks, made from the Lower Kittanning fireclay, were used to pave a portion of Third Street in Steubenville (Jefferson County) in 1884. The quality of these first bricks was such that, in 1910, Steubenville city officials stated that the bricks had not cost them $1.00 in repairs since they had been laid 26 years earlier.
The first paving bricks manufactured in Ohio were made at Malvern, in Carroll County, in the summer of 1885, by John Kratz and Ross Rue. These first bricks, made from the Middle Kittanning fireclay, were only 2½ inches x 4 inches x 8½ inches. This small enterprise in 1888 became the Canton & Malvern Fire Clay Paving Brick Company.
About this same time, the Hocking Clay Manufacturing Company of Logan, in Hocking County, began making Hayden Block--a large brick resembling a concrete block and weighing 16 pounds. In 1885, this company supplied enough of their block to pave 3,704 square yards of Lexington Avenue in Columbus. It took 22 blocks to pave 1 square yard. By 1893, they had supplied block to pave 345,347 square yards of pavement on 38 streets in the capital city. These very large blocks were salt glazed, a process in which salt is introduced into the kiln during firing, resulting in a glaze forming on the surface. These 100+-year-old blocks can still be seen in the streets of German Village, south of downtown Columbus. The Hocking Clay Manufacturing Company later moved to Haydenville (Hocking County).
These early successes led many other firms to begin manufacturing paving block in Ohio. By 1893, 44 separate firms were producing bricks for paving, and 357 kilns were being used exclusively for pavers. The annual production of paving brick in Ohio in 1893 was 292 million blocks. To put this in perspective, it required approximately one-half million blocks to pave 1 mile of road 25 feet wide. Thus, there were enough pavers produced annually to pave nearly 600 miles of road.
Wapakoneta has one block of brick pavement remaining.
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