Lee Clay Products - Abandoned by Sherman Cahal

Lee Clay Products

Lee Clay Products, a former brick factory in Clearfield, Kentucky, was in operation until 1970.

In 1900, a corporation was formed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and was focused on timber extraction and processing in eastern Kentucky.1 The Clearfield Lumber Company was organized in 1905 and constructed a large sawmill along Triplett Creek south of Morehead, and was connected to the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad’s Lexington Subdivision via the Morehead & North Fork Railroad in 1907. A company town, Clearfield, was established a year later.

By 1920, most of the virgin timber in the region had been exhausted, and Clearfield began exploring other uses for its large land holdings.1 On October 15, 1925, the first kiln was fired at the newly renamed company, Lee Clay Products Company, and manufactured fire brick, chimney toppers, pipes and tanks until 1970.

  1. “‘Lee Clay Products’ exhibition opens Feb. 7 at KFAC.” Morehead News 23 Jan. 2013: n. pag. Web. 27 Jan. 2014. Article.


  1. I found a clay paver at my house from Lee Clay prouduct It’s #22. Can you tell me about it. How old is it?

  2. My fireplace in my house has lee clay products inside it. Thought this was really neat.

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