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St. Charles Refractories Company–KMS Refractories (McLain Fire Brick Company)

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McLain Fire Brick Company
c. 1900. 24 St. Charles Rd. (TWP 466), 7.5 miles southwest of New Bethlehem

This manufacturing plant consists of nine yellow brick kilns, chimneys, and a series of sheds and two-story, flat-roofed buildings sited along Redbank Creek, the southern border of Clarion County. Located in an isolated spot, the adjacent remnants of workers' housing west of the plant indicate that once this was the village of St. Charles. Refractory bricks, as made here, are used to line furnaces in steel mills and absorb heat in other manufacturing operations.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "St. Charles Refractories Company–KMS Refractories (McLain Fire Brick Company)", [New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 456-456.

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