TYGART

Alan Steinfeld said...
Hi,
I found a couple of fire bricks with the name Tygart on them near the foundation of an 1860s home in NJ. I did find reference to a Tygart Fire Brick company in Ohio. Does anyone have more info, or a photo, of their bricks?
Thanks,
Alan

9 comments:

  1. There was a brickworks in Hammond, WV (near Grafton) right along the Tygart river. I have seen bricks labeled 'Tygart' near there. Not a lot of info but maybe it can help.

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  2. The Hammond Fire Brick Co. operated in Hammond,WV circa 1888-1935. They produced the TYGART brand fire brick. The company had several other plants, the longest operating of these was in Fairmont,WV circa 1899-1954

    Jim

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  3. I just found a Tygart brick on a beach on the North Shore of Long Island today (1/6/13). We're there any Tygart factories on Long Island? Christine

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  4. Hi,

    Jim Graves in his work "Brick Brands of the United States" indicates that the TYGART was a brand of brick manufactured by the Hammond Fire Brick Co. of Hammond, West Virginia. We don't know of any Tygart factories on Long Island. Thanks for visiting. - Fred

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  5. Jim, Do you know if the brick yard you referred to in Fairmont,WV was actually in Colfax, WV? Colfax is on the Tygart Valley River, a few miles south of Fairmont. Hammond is further south. I'm from Fairmont; have been to the ruins of Hammond and know where the site was in Colfax; but I'm not aware of any brick works in Fairmont, proper.

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  6. We were in Hammond less than a week ago. We located bricks w/Tygart, Fairmont WV & Bessemer stamped onto them. Was wondering what Bessemer was but can't find anything.

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  7. I live near Hammond and found this link to an old photo labeled Fairmont, WV even though Hammond is close to Colfax. If you ever have a chance to visit, bring your four wheel drive and enjoy this beautiful setting for a ghost town.
    http://www.timeswv.com/hammond-fire-brick-co/image_d53d978d-b934-5293-94a1-c5deb4788c0a.html

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  8. There was a fire brick company in Bessemer Alabama. Sometimes companies had other fire brick companies manufacture brick for them, as it was (and is) expensive to ship fire brick. Perhaps (and only a guess), the Bessemer company had Hammond Fire Brick make brick for them to ship to North East and Mid West customers.

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  9. In response to the individual who found the TYGART brick on the shore in Long Island, I have read several places that Hammond (aka TYGART, HAMMOND,FAIRMONT....) Fire Brick Co. bricks were used in building the Empire State Building. I'm still researching to confirm but would explain a WV brick off the shore in NY. ��

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