Glenboig brick found in Alaska

Many thanks to Erik Larson for sending the photos of this Glenboig brick which was found at Hadley, Kasaan Peninsula, Alaska, USA.

Erik states – The brick was located at a place called Hadley. I am pretty sure this one came from Scotland with a bunch of others to build a smelter. The smelter operated from 1905 to 1907, and was probably constructed between 1903-04. The mine itself ceased operation around 1918 and the establishment was abandoned and quickly swallowed up by nature shortly after. There is nothing much left now but some ruins and a large ore tailings pile. It’s pretty interesting to me that this brick came all the way to Alaska from Scotland, was installed in a remote mine facility and carried out its duties for a handful of years, and then was lost to the Alaskan wild for 115 years only to be recovered again and receive such appreciation for what it is. I also wonder at its fairly good condition, as this part of Alaska is known for very large amounts of annual rainfall and although winters are milder than in the northern part of the state, we do experience extended periods of freezing temperatures here as well. It has survived incredibly well.

Glenboig Union Fireclay Company, Glenboig, Lanarkshire.

Alternative brickworks include:

  • Glenboig Star Fireclay Works, Glenboig, Lanarkshire.
  • Glenboig Fireclay Works, (Old Works) Glenboig, Lanarkshire



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