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Digging - page 3

The site was revisited on March 18-19, 2010, to see what work was done in the fall and what artifacts, if any, remained. Two surveyors were at work to prepare the site for what they said would be the final cleanup later that spring.

As a contrast to photos from the fall, all trees that were on the plant grounds had been cut down, all plant walls had been razed, and what remained of one of the beehive kilns had been torn down, too. There was a direct line of sight between the plant's neighbors across the street and the grounds.

A concrete floor remained, but it was clear except for a pile of bricks and a smaller pile of firebricks.

The woods that lay between the plant and the river were untouched, and shards and artifacts could still be found there and on the river bank, as shown in the slideshow below.

(Note: In all the slideshows you will see photos of light-colored bricks and stones, some marked H&B Woodland. This company manufactured fireclay brick, as referenced in "Modern Refractory Practice" by Harbison-Walker Refractories Company, 1961: "H&B WOODLAND brick are especially processed for service in which high density, high strength, and low porosity are important ...")

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  • Looking at the cleared site from the road.
  • Posted sign with low net fencing was torn down.
  • The surveyors' cars, from West Virginia and Ohio.
  • The view to the street from the side where bisque-fired ware was dumped.
  • The "stairway," still intact for monitoring the river.
  • Rubble at the back of the site.
  • Rubble at the back of the site with the river in the background.
  • More rubble.
  • Low fabric fencing erected where the original plant fencing ended.
  • Trees cut and underbrush cleared.
  • The only remains of the plant's back wall.
  • The pile of bricks
  • Small pile of firebricks.
  • Dumping area for bisque-fired ware with a mercifully hard-to-see deer carcass.
  • What looks to have been the keystone for one of the beehive kilns' arched openings.
  • Cone holder.
  • Firebricks with cylindrical holes from top to bottom.
  • Firebrick.
  • Firebrick.
  • Firebricks.
  • Approximately 14-inch gear.
  • Mold.
  • Bisque-fired handless creamer.
  • Unidentified pattern.
  • Pink and green shards
  • Part of the loot.
  • Closeup of shards.
  • Closeup of shards.
  • Closeup of shards
  • Esquire, Checker and unidentified blue shard.
  • The Tygart Dam, approximately a mile upstream from the pottery.
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Digging in West Virginia, Pennsylvania & Ohio

The Carr China site
Page 1: The grounds
Page 2: The shards
Page 3: After the first cleanup in 2009
Page 4: The final cleanup


Page 5: Mountain Hopping 2016
             Carr (again)          
Page 6: River Hopping 2017
             McNicol (again)
             Hall/Homer Laughlin
             Bedford China/                   







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