Site of Thurber Brick Plant

Site of Thurber Brick Plant (HM258X)

Location: Mingus, TX 76463 Erath County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 30.291', W 98° 24.883'

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Texas and Pacific Coal Company general manager W.K. Gordon, seeing potential in the shale mud found in Thurber, persuaded company president R.D. Hunter to build a brick plant here in 1897. Original machinery included three Ross-Keller brick presses powered by a Corliss team engine nicknamed "Old Hunter." The operation covered five acres and employed 800 men. Brick manufactured here was used to pave roads throughout Texas, including Old Bankhead Highway (US 80), Austin's Congress Avenue, Fort Worth's Camp Bowie Boulevard, and the Galveston sea wall. The plant closed in 1931.
HM NumberHM258X
Year Placed1995
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, February 4th, 2018 at 4:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 554978 N 3596547
Decimal Degrees32.50485000, -98.41471667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 30.291', W 98° 24.883'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 30' 17.46" N, 98° 24' 52.98" W
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Area Code(s)254
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-20, Mingus TX 76463, US
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