History of the Brickyard

I live in the Salt Lake City neighborhood called the Brickyard, which is south of Sugar House, west of Canyon Rim, east of South Salt Lake and on the northern edge of Millcreek. It is the area centered around a giant kiln chimney, the only remnant of the former brickyard that used to be here.

The brickyard’s Smith Kiln Chimney in 1902

In 1891, the Salt Lake Pressed Brick Company moved to this land, which was closer to the train lines and clay deposits. The plant continued to expand until it became the largest brick manufacturer in the west, producing up to 60,000 bricks each day.

An areal view of the the Salt Lake Pressed Brick Company

The factory closed on Nov. 28, 1972, and dismantled its plant, moving west to West Jordan. The sight is currently home to the Brickyard Plaza, a shopping area.

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