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Denver Shale Brick Co.


AddressWest and East of Carr St. and Oberon Rd., Arvada Co. 80002
QuadArvada, 1965 (1980)
SectionS10, T3S, R69W
Elevationc. 5320
Source"The Golden Globe," Feb. 3, 1906, Feb. 24 1906; Interview, Ralph Minges, Willard Minges, grandsons, and Mrs. Helen Lipperd, granddaughter, 1973; "Colorado Business Directory," for 1906; "Arvada, Just Between You and Me," pp. 7,8; Jefferson County Incorporation Records, March 12, 1907.
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Initialdate1994-11-18 00:00:00-07
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Latestdate2012-11-28 00:00:00-07
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HistoryArvada's first industry was incorporated in 1907 as the Denver Shale Brick Company. J. J. Cooke, A. J. Fowler and W. H. Coon were the officers of the new industry. Clay was extracted from the ground May to October and the yard was closed for the winter. The stable area remained open, and bricks continued to be sold to contractors year-round. Several buildings in Denver, including the early library at Civic Center and buildings in Arvada used the brick until the quality of clay became unsatisfactory. The Arvada Shale Brick Company went out of business in 1924.
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