Historical Images of Porter County

"Clay Pit," Hydraulic Press Brick Company
Porter, Indiana

Date: Circa 1910
Source Type: Postcard
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Believed to be an M. L. Photo Company photograph
Postmark: Unknown
Collection: Timothy Cole
Remark: In 1890, the Hydraulic Press Brick Company established a large production facility at Porter. On October 21, 1904, the plant was destroyed by fire, with the exception of the barns, clay sheds, and some minor buildings. The fire resulted in a loss reported to be $50,000. Early in the spring of 1905 the plant was rebuilt, and the buildings were made to be more fire proof. In 1912, the company employed 90 men and turned out 75,000 bricks per day. The brick yard clay pit was located at 100 West Beam Street, where the present day Yost Elementary School now stands.

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