Daily Archives: February 13, 2012

Neat Article on Little Ferry Brickworks

Little Ferry Brickyard-1905Kevin Wright, local historian extraordinaire, has an informative article in the Wayne Patch on Little Ferry's old brickyards.

Mehrhof Pond, a well-known local birding site, was created from a pit that provided the clay for bricks, and the pond itself was named for the brickmaking Mehrhof brothers.

Writes Wright:

"Representing a combined capital investment of $265,000, ten brickyards operating along the Hackensack River employed traditional methods of production. With the exception of the Mehrhof Brick Company, all used wood fuel to bake raw bricks in scove-kilns. “Soft-mud” brick machines produced over 60 million units of common building brick, a 90% increase over the previous year."

The link is here

An earlier post on the Mehrhof brick operation is here.

A link to an illustration of a scove-kiln is here; site has other historical brick-making info.

Free Guided DeKorte Bird Walk This Friday!


The Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society are offering a free guided bird walk at DeKorte Park this Friday in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count.  

We'll count every bird we see — and hope to get an unusual bird or two along the way — from American Bittern to Orange-crowned Warbler…

The 90-minute walk starts at 10 a.m. Meet inside the Meadowlands Environment Center.  Dress for the weather.

Full details follow.

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