CLAYBANK BRICK PLANT HERITAGE SITE
Claybank Brick Plant hosted hundreds of visitors during its annual Heritage Day festival a week ago. You may still visit Claybank today or any other Sunday in summer. It's worth the drive. The Plant is a National Historic Site and a Provincial Heritage Site in Saskatchewan. This year, there is concern about the future of this key resource.
Constructed between 1912 and 1937, the Claybank Brick Plant produced high-quality, heat-resistant (refractory) clay products and face brick using the rich clay deposits nearby. Like many early 20th century industrial complexes, the plant was organized into functional areas for resource extraction, production, storage and administration, and included on-site residences for managers and employees. When it ceased operation in 1989, almost all of the plant’s infrastructure was intact, including its distinctive dome-shaped, down-draft kilns which were retained long after other brick plants had converted to tunnel kilns. Claybank remains the most intact historic brick-making facility in North America. Source: GovSK Image above: Public Domain