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Toronto Brickworks - Coby

Located in: Kawartha Lakes
Location #2747

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Location Owner:spydrgyrl
Creation Date: 5/22/2011
Last Updated: 12/31/2014

The first settlers to Ontario built their homes of the material that was most readily available to them - wood. Lumber exports soared in the 1850s, however, and the timber that remained was of poorer quality as lumber was a huge cash crop. It made sense to cover the poor quality timber-framed walls with readily available brick. By the 1870s, wood was becoming more difficult to access, and brick continued to be the construction material of choice.

Many small farms had their own brick kilns and a number of larger kilns began to spring up where the clay and limestone was readily available. The three limestone kilns owned by the Toronto Brick Company in Cobooconk are one of the few remaining limestone kilns to be found.

Driving up Highway 35 through Coby one can't miss these three statuesque limestone towers that stand unused at the edge of town. Giant reminders of a busy industry of days gone by.

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Brick Towers
Toronto Brickworks - Coby
Created on:12/31/2014
Created by: crazy_cyclist
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Thick as a Brick
Toronto Brickworks - Coby
Created on:6/6/2014
Created by: timo explorer
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Toronto Brickworks
Toronto Brickworks - Coby
Created on:7/28/2011
Created by: crada
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Toronto Brickworks
Toronto Brickworks - Coby
Created on:5/22/2011
Created by: spydrgyrl
10 photos


Status: Abandoned
Category: Other


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crada says:
6/8/2011 9:48:04 PM

Very interesting. Definitely sticks out compared to everything else in the area.

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On 12/31/2014 1:37:19 PM user crazy_cyclist uploaded photos : IMG_1548.JPG / IMG_1551.JPG / IMG_1560.JPG / IMG_1563.JPG / to SID: 12312014103535
On 12/31/2014 1:35:56 PM user crazy_cyclist created gallery : Brick Towers
On 6/6/2014 11:37:49 PM user timo explorer uploaded photos : P1010416.JPG / P1010412.JPG / P1010413.JPG / P1010415.JPG / to SID: 662014203222
On 6/6/2014 11:32:31 PM user timo explorer created gallery : Thick as a Brick