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At the end of the 1800s, St. Louis was the country's center of brick manufacturing. Numerous companies mined the abundant clay deposits found in Oak Hill, Cheltenham, the Hill, and other neighborhoods. "Cheltenham clay" was highly prized for terra cotta and high-quality brick products, but typical bricks were made from the common loess found throughout much of the city.

  Where Do Bricks Come From?
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