Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, St. Louis, Missouri, 1903 July, Sheet 108The busy, and I would say, extremely hectic, intersection of Gravois and Chippewa once was home to one of the Hydraulic Press Brick Company’s brick yards, which you can see above in this Sanborn Map from 1903. I think what is also fascinating is how absolutely deserted the area was around the factory back at the turn of the Twentieth Century, as well.
While these photographs, at unidentified locations, are not necessarily at this particular brickyard, they give us an idea of what the brick and terracotta industry looked like in St. Louis.
The ovens must have been something else to enter, right after being heated to extreme temperatures. The coal was mined right under the hills of St. Louis, along with the clay. Very convenient.
But what I really enjoyed were the pictures above and below; look at the size of those pipes!
All sorts of ancillary businesses popped as well around the clay mines.
Nearby, east on Chippewa was this little flower pot factory.