Thursday, August 29, 2013
Towards a Standard
There is a lot of history at Archie Bray and luckily Chip Clawson knows a lot of it. He took the residents on a tour of what remains of the factories here and it proved to be highly informational. I'll be posting more about that in the coming days as I took a lot of photos before my battery died.
In the mean time, here are some pictures of what the back of the property looks like. In an effort to bring the brickyard into a new realm of production a new building was built (now the home of Bray Clay) and a tunnel kiln was installed. Unfortunately, no one ever learned the balance of clay to time and temperature in the kiln and not only was a massive amount of brick deemed not to be at industry standard but the brick yard was closed after profits halted.
As a result there is now a very interesting landscape covering the acreage behind the Shaner building and clay business. In fact it is very similar to what can be found in Medicine Hat (IXL actually owned the property for a while!) in that over years of rain and snow the piles have slowly spread and are meshed with the soil and flora creating a sort of alien orange landscape. Definitely quality rambling territory. I would recommend the hours just before sunset when the light makes the colors more vivid. Also it is a good place to sit and watch a storm come down from the hills.