Making bricks in Thurber

Workers are shown in a brick manufacturing plant in Thurber, Texas, circa 1920. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, workers at Thurber produced 80,000 bricks daily that were used in road paving and construction projects across the state. Historical photographs and artifacts from the Thurber brick plant will be on display June 18 through Dec. 23 at the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas.

THURBER – Check out historical photographs and artifacts from the Thurber brick plant beginning this Saturday through Dec. 23 at Tarleton State University’s W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas.

Included in the cost of museum admission, the exhibit – "Thurber Brick Roads of Texas" – explores the process of brick making and roads paved with the brick. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, workers at Thurber produced 80,000 bricks daily.

The Texas Almanac records use of Thurber paving brick in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, Galveston and Beaumont. In addition, the Dallas Opera House and the Texas and Pacific Railway Station and First National Bank in Fort Worth were built with Thurber bricks.

The W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, a Tarleton museum and research facility located in the historic ghost town of Thurber, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The center is located at Exit 367 on Interstate 20 between Fort Worth and Abilene. For more information, visit www.tarleton.edu/gordoncenter or the museum’s Facebook page.