Bricks of Time

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Smoke from coal-burning kilns once engulfed the tiny Fraser Valley village of Clayburn as trains shuttled down clay from Sumas Mountain. In 1930, at the dawn of the Great Depression, British Columbia’s first company town and largest producer of bricks all but disappeared. Today, Clayburn, population 150, has re-emerged thanks to the restoration work of locals.

I write a brief history of this village and its attractions for tourists in the Due West section of British Columbia magazine, fall, 2013.

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