Tarleton’s Gordon Center showcases Thurber bricks, brickmaking

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Check out historical photographs and artifacts from the Thurber brick plant Saturday, June 18, through Friday, Dec. 23, at Tarleton State University’s W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas.

Included in the cost of museum admission, the exhibit—Thurber Brick Roads of Texas—explores the process of brickmaking and roads paved with the brick. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, workers at Thurber produced 80,000 bricks daily.

The Texas Almanac records use of Thurber paving brick in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, Galveston and Beaumont. In addition, the Dallas Opera House and the Texas and Pacific Railway Station and First National Bank in Fort Worth were built with Thurber brick.

The W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, a Tarleton museum and research facility located in the historic ghost town of Thurber, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The center is located at Exit 367 on Interstate 20 between Fort Worth and Abilene. For more information, visit www.tarleton.edu/gordoncenter or the museum’s Facebook page.

Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.


Contact: Mary Adams, Museum Educator / Facilities Manager
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A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.