Common brick is orange brown to orange red to red to pale red, mostly uniform in color with occasional
yellow flashing displayed on sides in different orientations. Some are fired to yellowish brown. A fine sand
coats the surface and contains subrounded white quartz, yellow chert, black iron oxide (magnetite), tan sandstone,
and black, red, and brown unidentified grains of rocks. Small white specks of clay are visible on the surface. Weathered
surfaces often display pits up to an inch across and expose internal clasts. The sides are even and display faint
transverse striations and minor transverse cracks. Some have an irregular, uneven lip around the top face. Edges are
dull and undulates. Corners are dull. The top and bottom faces were not exposed for description.
The interior contains about 3 to 5 percent rounded white, gray, and yellow clay and red pebbles of chert and
sandstone, ranging from 1/8 to 1 inch in diameter, in a highly porous, sandy clay body. Some lamination was seen in
the internal clay body. This brick was made using the hand-molded, sand struck, soft mud process.
Length 8 1/4 - 8 1/2, width 3 7/8 - 4, height 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 inches.
Gullard, Pamela, and Nancy Lund, History of Palo Alto: The Early Years,
Scottwall Associates, San Francisco, CA, 1989.
Kinchen, Barbara, Index card file, Mountain View Library.
Mountain View City Directory 1880-81.
San Jose Mercury News, 1875, 1886.
Santa Clara County Map Book G, Miramonte Subdivision, 1893, p. 14.
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