Making Brick in Manti

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 11
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1979
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title Making Brick in Manti
Description MAKING BRICK IN MANTI Dana Smith Ekins Salt Lake City, Utah Non-Professional Division Second Place Historical Essay Wispy, citrus clouds made uebs in the light blue sky of early spring. The sun had not yet reached its apex, but it was close enough that the only shadows being cast from surrounding scrub oak seemed insignificantly short. The area I viewed boasted little growth; close examination revealed small pea green leaves of weeds that would provide summer feed for cattle fenced nearby. Babbit brush huddled together in clumps and the whole sight appealed dreadfully mundane. Opening the door of ray small blue vehicle, I scanned the countryside with its greenish black ino tin tain background t I had gleaned from local historians. And then I saw the piece of brick, broken and cr&aco coloredt lying half buried in weeds and cud. I imagined that same, now dormant landscape, as it must have been where off-bearers dumped newly molded brick, three at a time to dry In the sun. I thought I could see the molder cut the excess mix- and repeat the process. My ears strained to hear Che shrill, high-pitched whistle of the train from the south which signaled the end my fingers. Certainly this uas the site of early brick-making in with Oliver Squires, and Horslay conceived and successfully executed the idea of making bricks from clay. Several attempts to make brick bad been made previously, hut none had been successful. The discovery of suitable clay three miles south of Manti determined the obtained from Manti Canyon. The brick-making season ran from Hay until the end of July and was determined by the weather-the months just preceding May uere too wet and cold, and the mmth of August 300,000 bricks. clay if bricks were to be successfully made. First, the clay had to contain enough lime so that when the bricks were fired they would be hard and as close to white as possible. If the clay con-tained too much lime, the bricks would crack. Iron in the clay, selecting clay with the proper amount of lime with not too much -60-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 11
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 323141
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