Brick National Road

Harris Paver
Canon PowerShot S95

If you ever find yourself on a brick street, look at the bricks. You might find some stamped or embossed with the company that made them.

I made this photo near Blaine, Ohio, on the National Road. A bridge dating to the 1830s still stands, closed to traffic. The road leading to and away from it is brick, laid probably in the 1910s or 1920s.

The W.B. Harris and Brothers Paving Brick Co., of Zanesville, Ohio, produced bricks from 1897 to 1929. Zanesville is about 70 miles west of Blaine. It was common for bricks to be produced near where they were used, I presume because they were heavy and challenging to transport.

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single frame: Harris Paver

A paver brick stamped by its maker, on the National Road in Ohio.


8 thoughts on “single frame: Harris Paver

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    This entry reminds me that at the dawn of the internet, when I was traveling a lot between Washington DC and Milwaukee to visit my parents, I stopped in Zanesville to try and use a computer at the library to check e-mails. It was a very nice library, and since the computers were all in use, the librarian just let me sit and use hers for the minute or two I needed. Seemed a nice old town, with favorable people…I always thought I’d like to spend more time there…

  2. Greg Clawson says:

    The town where I grew up (Attica) had a brick manufacturing plant (Poston) that closed in 1963. They were called Poston Pavers, I believe there are some used at the Speedway in Indy.

    • One of my oldest friends was editor-in-chief of the Attica newspaper for a few years, back in the early 90s. It wasn’t too far up the road from Terre Haute, where I lived at the time.

  3. I love looking for the names of bricks in streets and sidewalks. We once had several brick companies in this area and it’s fun finding companies you know!

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