Wednesday, April 28, 2010

North Dakota ~ Fun Times

Laurence had to go to Beulah, North Dakota for work. Since I can work for Queen Bee anywhere I decided to tag along. We have made this trip several times, but this time we made a few extra stops. One of the fun stops was in Hebron, ND. It is the home of Hebron Brick and Fort Sauerkraut. We didn’t get to Fort Sauerkraut, but we did drive through Hebron Brick. FASCINATING!
The city of Hebron was established in the 1880s in what was known as the Dakota Territory and was formed into a village government in 1885. It was incorporated in to a city in 1916. Hebron grew to its highest population of 2,000 in the mid 1950s and now is a town of about 900 nestled in a peaceful valley 2 miles north of Interstate 94 in southwestern North Dakota.
Shortly after European settlers began arriving in western North Dakota, Charles Weigel and Ferdinand Leutz established Hebron Fire & Pressed Brick Company in 1904. Demand for building supplies was flourishing, and by 1905 Hebron Brick hit full production, competing with 18 similar brick businesses. Today, Hebron Brick Company is the oldest manufacturing operation in North Dakota and the only manufacturer of brick in remaining in North Dakota and one of the most successful brick companies in the Upper Midwest. Their ancient veins of extraordinary clay continue to yield a distinctive variety of colors.

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