Brickburn

It was a ho-hum rainy kind of day today so we ended up doing some errands and CB and Kona got an expedition to our local garden center. Kona even befriended a Ferret of all things while we were wandering around. Didn’t think of taking a picture of Kona with his Ferret friend but here’s one of CB on some patio furniture we like. And guess what, another opportunity for a sit-stay!

Today’s 10 degrees (C) felt cold compared to the nicer weather we had on Thursday earlier this week. Thursday was our only nice day and so far we really haven’t had that great of a spring. But when it’s nice we try to spend our time outside as much as possible and lucky for us we can wander into Edworthy Park through a gate down the road from our home which is what we did Thursday after work.

There are a number trails on the slope to explore and the park is quite extensive so we end up taking a lot of photos here. The park extends from west of my Brickburn label on the map to the natural area below the Shaganappi golf course on the east end. It’s a massive park but convenient enough to be able to go for anything from a 30 minutes walk to a hike of several hours.

Last year we did some exterior renovations to our house and we removed a large  planter that was attached to the front and found that it was constructed out of these bricks.

We started to get a little curious as to whether they might be Brickburn bricks as we’ve walked past the Brickburn site in the valley many times and had seen the  artifacts and remnants the Brickburn factory so we decided to do a little more investigating – CB and Kona came along for the walk.

The area of the park was first settled in the 1880’s and there were several sandstone quarries as well as the Brickburn plant that were operational in the area during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The photo from this Wordless Wednesday post was from wandering into the woods off of the Douglas Fir Trial adjacent to one of the rock quarries.

To get to the Brickburn site you head west from the paved pathway at the south Edworthy parking lot and follow the double track path along the railway. The Brickburn rail sign is an homage to the history of the area.

The location of  Brickburn is marked with this historical placard. We are looking towards the east and in the early spring before the veg grows you can see more remnants of some of the buildings from Brickburn.

There are still plenty of bricks laying about and here is one of the many that were left behind. I’ve been here a couple of times but have not read the placard.

Brickburn operated from 1905 to 1931 and the bricks made here were either stamped “EHC” , the initials for Edward Henry Crandell who was the owner, like the one we found in the above photo or with “Calgary” for Calgary Pressed Brick and Sandstone Company like the bricks from our home.

What’s interesting is that our house was originally built in 1957, 26 years after Brickburn ceased operating. Brickburn bricks must have been available for years later, or someone went down to the old site in the late 50’s and collected some from the factory remnants to use as the base for our old planter. I guess anything is possible.

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