This info is in quite a few places online.The Graves Brick Company was organized by William H. Graves in the earlytwentieth century. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Graves earned a law degreeat the College of William and Mary, and returned to Tennessee to open a lawfirm. After the Civil War, he moved to Montgomery, Alabama and then relocatedto Birmingham, in 1890. Graves maintained his law practice and invested in realestate. Soon, he began constructing buildings for investment and on speculation,and organized a brick company to supply materials for those projects.The City ofBirmingham’s street paving program offered additional opportunities in themanufacturing of vitrified bricks. By 1901, Graves had organized the GravesShale Brick Company. Over the following two decades, he also organized theGraves-Matthews Paving Company and the Graves-Gunster Paving Company,both with men who married his daughters. H. S. Matthews briefly served asgeneral manager for the brick and paving businesses before moving to Florida.By 1915, the Graves Company had sold millions of bricks, both the common typefor use in the construction of buildings and vitrified type for street and roadconstruction. Eventually, Graves combined the brick and paving businesses,which he closed about 1920. By then, Graves was among the most prominentattorneys and property owners in Birmingham (Cruikshank 1920, pp. 73-75;Maloney Publishing Co. 1901, 1905; Polk Publishing Co. 1910, 1915, 1918).
My hometown, Tallahassee Fla. was originally paved with "Graves" street bricks in the early 1900's, and then covered over with asphalt in the 1950's. In 2002, the city was renovating Adams Street. They took up the asphault and bricks, repaved it with asphalt, cut grooves in it, and painted it red to look like bricks. This really confused me, and I got upset that a historical part of the city was destroyed and replaced with a fake image of the past. Fortunately I was allowed to back my truck up to the construction site and load up as many of the old brick as I could take. - Adam Reimer ThyMorningSun@aol.com
i have some of these old bricks for sell anyone interested please contact me at LOCOCRAZY47@YAHOO>COM
It looks like the are 4 basic styles of Graves pavers. I am assuming the different styles were made by the different companies. It would be interesting to know who made which.
Dug up a TON in my yard over the weekend while putting a new garden. Of course, I live in Birmingham.
i live in jacksonville florida hunderds of miles away from birmingham. i have a couple bricks in a small corner of my yard. I saw a few more and dug them up. i saw plain bricks, diamond design bricks, and bricks that said 'GRAVES B'HAM ALA' i googled it and here i am.
I was under the Atlantic Blvd Bridge ( in Jacksonville )that goes over the San Pablo River and picked up a Graves Brick such as you describe with the name impressed. I recognized it as an old brick and took it home where it now resides among my other historical oddities I have found around these parts.
Does anyone still have Graves B'Ham Ala. bricks for sale? I just want one. I want the kind with bumped up lettering, not carved down in lettering.
Got one or two if you want them. Shipping from Central Florida is going to cost you, though, but if you want them bad enough, my email is email@example.com
I have over 30 of them Nessaprettynpaid@gmail.com
If you live in Florida, you should be able to find alot. Old Dixie highway was nothing but these bricks.
I just bought about 200 of these bricks in Jacksonville FL. They were used on Old Dixie Hwy and on the streets of St. Augustine from the research I have done. http://www.graspingforobjectivity.com/2011/07/discovering-the-magic-city-in-americas-oldest-city.htmlRoll Tide!
I found on after we tore own an old BBQ pit. this May 1017 ... Dothan al.
Jacksonville Florida! I also have this and one imprinted with "...USTA". I was a tad uneasy before!! My entire lot is nothing but broken glass under the top soil.
GREETINGS FROM JACKSONVILLE FLI HAVE A GRAVES PAVING STONE THAT HASGRAVESB' ALABAMAON IT BUT THE B IS REVERSED!DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY INFO ON WHY THE B IS REVERSED?
greetings from Jacksonville flI to have a graves paving stone but mine says:gravesb'ham Alabamaexcept the b is reverseddoes any know why the b is reversed?
Just found one on a building site here in Richmond Virginia
Would love to have one of these bricks if anyone has one to spare! I love history and historical items, especially pertinent to where I am living.