The Youngstown Bessemer Block street brick paver, molded with the stamp on the side, is a beautiful antique brick, rich with history. (more pictures)
The Youngstown Bessemer Block is a historic street brick paver that will make for an incredible hardscape project – be it an antique brick patio, a used paver driveway, a reclaimed brick sidewalk or installed as a streetscape. These antique brick pavers measure 8.85″ x 3.64" x 4.0" and weigh 10 pounds each. With its historic name molded on the side along with five small spacer dots, these pavers are a beautiful color range for a high quality, genuine improvement to your property. Reach out to us to check availability for this paver in our vast variety of reclaimed material pallets.
The Bessemer Limestone Company was organized in 1885 by J.G. Butler, just south of Hillsville, PA. The plant was expanded and as operations progressed, it was found that the limestone was overlaid with a strata of shale of a quality that immediately suggested its usefulness in the manufacture of brick. In 1901 a brick plant, containing six kilns, was erected. This was increased in size in 1903, 1906, and again in 1911. At that time, it had 12 kilns and produced ~ 2,500,000 bricks per month. In 1905, the manufacture of paving brick commenced, and it was found that the company’s supply of raw material for this purpose was very large and of the best quality as well – many of which are the same bricks reclaimed by Experienced Brick and Stone in the summer of 2021.
This activity had developed with great rapidity, they decided to erect a special paving block plant in 1907, which is now the largest unit plant of its kind in the world. In this plant, 48,000,000 paving blocks per year are made. One of its features is a continuous kiln, burning chamber of which is more than half a mile in length. This plant was owned by a subsidiary corporation known as the Bessemer Brick Company, and it was sold to the Metropolitan Paving Brick Company in 1917, which now operates it.