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A Little Brick Plant in the Middle of Nowhere


Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site and Museum
Claybank, Saskatchewan

The former Claybank Brick Plant is nestled at the foot of the Dirt Hills in south-central Saskatchewan. This National Historic Site is in the early stages of developing into a premiere heritage attraction. The Claybank Brick Plant, representative of an industrial process quickly vanishing from the landscape, is unique in that it is the only intact complex of its type and era left in Canada and is the best such example in North America. The Site is testimony both to the entrepreneurial spirit and skill found in rural communities in Saskatchewan, and to a business that grew to compete with the best of imported products and succeeded in doing so for most of the last century. The Plant is virtually frozen in the 1912-37 time period. Here you can find the ten original down draft beehive kilns, and 90% of the original equipment and buildings still intact and fully operational. Little has changed in the entire complex over many years and no significant structures have been lost. We interpret brick making and early prairie industrialism, the history of production, as well as the histories of the people who lived and laboured here, including the women and children who lived on-site in company housing while the men worked in the Plant.

 

 

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