Peebles Block Portsmouth Ohio (recessed letters)

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Peeble Recessed

Name: Peebles Block (Portsmouth Ohio) Recessed letters

Dimensions: 8 3/4 inches long, 3 3/4 inches wide, 3 1/2 inches height

Location Found: Weiland Park / my spare pile of bricks

Weight: 10 lbs

Notes: Recessed letters.  Recessed letters for Portsmouth, Ohio  

I had this brick for over a year before I realized this was one I had not cataloged. I was going through my pile of spare bricks/blocks for trading purposes and finally noticed that this and the other three like it in the pile did not have raised letters and thus, I have a find that was hiding in my back yard.

Also see:
Peebles Block Raised Letters
Another version from this brick company

The Perfect Book for An Ohio Brick Hound


If you are now an established Brick Hound, then you may want to get this book from the Dean of Ohio Brick Hunters Don Dzuro. Historic Ohio Bricks is a self published, small batch compendium of Ohio Bricks that can not be equaled. Clocking in at 407 pages this book lists out information on over 2400 different bricks styles created in the Buckeye State. The listing of Brick Manufacturers and individuals known to made bricks covers pages 348 to 406, so if you thought your Ohio brick collection was complete…..there is some daunting news for you in this tomb of knowledge.

Historic Bricks

Most listings for bricks include a sketch outline, black and white photograph or color photograph of the brick as well as any known information about the brick and where it was made. You can not buy this book on Amazon or local bookseller. Your best bet is to write Don and ask if he has any left. Inquiries can be mailed to Don Dzuro, 709 Sharon Street, Akron, Ohio 44314.

I did borrow the 2008 edition via interlibrary loan and you can read about that -> HERE.

The new edition is very similar but does have some improvements and more information.

The perfect gift for a Brick Hound….if you can find it


My mom bought this for me at a craft show in Southeast Ohio. It is made out of the same clay as the pavers that is has listed on it. I do not know who made it or if they have a brick and mortar location or online sales presence but if you like bricks, they may be for you. My understanding is that you can pick from among several different brick paver names for the assortment.

brick chime

Block Pavers Still The Foundation for City Streets

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Many people do not know it but Columbus as one of the most progressive cities in the world for paving streets with block pavers. In the mid 1880’s the city had less than 8 miles of block paved roads. With the passage of a law that allowed bonds to be sold to raise money for paving the city quickly added another 80 miles of paved roads in a few years. Among the blocks being used were Hallwood pavers which was owned by local businessman John Hallwood.

Today we still see some side roads in the full block paver / brick glory in German Village, Italian Village, Victorian Village, Harrison West, Marion Village, and parts of Clintonville. The block pavers were laid as far south as Greenlawn Ave (and many streets south), as far east as Parsons Ave….and many streets east, as far north as Henderson Road and as far west as the Hilltop. While examples of these streets may be hard to see, very few people in Columbus fail to drive over them at least once per week, if not every day.

I found this example at the intersection of 4th St. and 9th Ave where construction is taking place. You can see that over 100 years later, the block pavers are still doing their job holding up the streets (I wonder how many times the blacktop has been redone here over the last 60 odd years.

brick bed 1

brick bed 2

And not too far away on Victorian Village, I saw there pavers that were stacked up awaiting some work to be completed so they could be reset in the street they have called home since at least 1890. As tempting as it might be to pilfer from these piles when you see them, don’t even a century after the fact, this is still city property and if these brick / blocks disappear so does the historical legacy of the pavers connecting this street to its past.

Bricks 3

And finally, on my street in Clintonville, we have several driveway entrances that were not concreted or asphalted over and you can see the block pavers that were laid down on our street between 1920 and 1928.

Brick 4

Blocks in the Wild: Phoenix Brewing, Mansfield

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The phenomenon of blocks and Ohio Breweries continues. This time, I discovered a great patio of block pavers at Phoenix Brewing Company on Mansfield, Ohio. Sighted at the patio were mostly Canton Metropolitan Blocks and a few Century Blocks (there may have been some other block styles as well, I was in a hurry for a meeting so I did not have time explore in-depth. The area surrounding the brewery had many blocks in the streets and elsewhere. By report, the owners of the brewery cleaned and processed each block by hand – those of you that have scraped asphalt, mortar, etc., know what a pain that is for one block let alone hundreds. The brewery was exceptional.


If you know of any Ohio breweries that feature Ohio Blocks let me know. So far we know they can be found at Star Brewing, Seventh Son Brewing, Phoenix Brewing, Jackie O’s, Weasel Boy, and West End Cider House.



Townsend Block Z. O.



Name: Townsend Block Z.O.

Dimensions: 8 3/4 inches long, 4 inches wide, 3 3/4 inches height

Location Found: Mansfield, Ohio

Features: 2 parallel grooves on the bottom face

Weight: 10 lbs

Information: Z.O. Stands for Zanesville, Ohio where the block was made. This version has raised letters. For information on other versions of Townsend Blocks see this B.O.B. post: -> Townsend Z O

Other than the company name, I think the structure of this brick looks just like a typical Hocking Block.

To learn more about T B Townsend the owner and his Zanesville Company, you can read portions of this Google Book.

Brick Kilns / Nelsonville Brick Park

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If you are heading to Nelsonville, Hocking Hills or Athens and you have some time to kill and a passion for brick making history, I’d suggest you block out some time to visit Nelsonville Brick Park. Located just west of downtown Nelsonville on SR 278 / Lake Hope Road, the old brick kilns on this park date back to 1880. The park was dedicated in 1980, in an effort to preserve these kilns from the era of “big bricks” in the region.

The area is paved with Nelsonville Block and Star Pavers. There are also piles of bricks – mostly Nelsonville and Hallwood Blocks strung along the borders of the park. The ground is paved with Nelsonville Block but much of it has been overgrown with grass during the last three decades. At least one of the kilns has collapsed but what is left give you a sense of the size and scope of brick making in the area. This was just one of over a dozen plants in the area.

I have linked some sites with additional information below.












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