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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Russell Brickyward (Fifth Avenue, Morris)

This unmarked site on the west side of Morris is the former location of the Russell Brickyard. Established in the summer of 1875 by William A. Russell, it produced yellow-coloured brick. Some of its bricks were used to build the first school in Morris. By 1880, Russell had merged his business with that of competing Morris brickmaker William Gallie. Despite winning prizes for the superior quality of its bricks, the Gallie and Russell brickyard was short-lived because it was no longer operating as of August 1882.

Russell Brickyward

Site of the former Russell Brickyard (April 2012)
Source: Lorne Thompson, RM of Morris

Site Location (lat/long): N49.35099, W97.38055
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Furrows in the Valley: A Centennial Project of the Rural Municipality of Morris, 1880-1980 by the History Book Committee, edited by Lenore Eidse, 1980, page 66.

Manitoba Brick Yards by Randy Rostecki, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch Report, May 2010.

We thank the Rural Municipality of Morris for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 November 2013

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