Details for First Plant of Acme Brick Company (Atlas Number 5367003872)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5367003872

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Marker Number 3872
Atlas Number 5367003872
Marker Title First Plant of Acme Brick Company
Index Entry Acme Brick Company, First Plant
Address IH 20 West, at Parker/Palo Pinto County line
City Weatherford
County Parker
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 589130
UTM Northing 3620443
Subject Codes manufacturing; geology; factories, industrial buildings
Marker Year 1966
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location From Weatherford take US80/I20 W about 13.5 miles to FM 113. Take FM 113 about 1 mile N, then follow Bennett Road NW about 3 miles
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text First manufacturer in Texas to make high-grade pressed brick. Founded 1891 by industrial pioneer George Bennett (1852-1907), developer of coal mining and other natural resources. Located here because of large deposits of shale near Brazos River. Bennett Community grew up around plant, with dormitory and store. The kilns were fired with local fuel; coal, then wood. Brick were shipped out by mule-drawn wagons or nearby Texas & Pacific Railroad. Before 75th anniversary in 1966, Acme became the largest maker of face brick in the United States. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1966.