All that’s left of Edgar’s brick yard is brick fragments where he loaded them onto schooners for the trip to Galveston. The West Main Street bridge is in the background.

The story of Cedar Bayou bricks is well known to most people in Baytown who were born earlier than last week, but what do you know about Goose Creek brickyards? When Valentine T. Dalton was selling his plantation in 1857 he advertised the existence of a two-story brick dwelling. His property was located on the west bank of Goose Creek, about three miles west of Cedar Bayou, and according to an 1851 survey his house was situated where today’s Missouri Street crosses Hwy 146. It was later used in the 1870s as a boy’s dormitory for the Bayland Orphan Home. The building was almost certainly constructed of bricks made on site because that practice, particularly in rural settings, was the rule rather than the exception. 

Two other brickyards are known to have existed later on the nearby stream. John Gaillard, who moved here as a boy in 1867, told a Daily Sun reporter in 1935 that back in the day, the leading industries along Goose Creek stream were brick making and logging. He said that brick yards were located at Duke’s and Busch’s landing and they were owned by a Mr. Reeves and Mrs. Page, respectively.” 

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