Locals puzzled as hordes of bricks wash up at Lake Erie – However there is a simple explanation

January 2, 2024 by No Comments

Yesterday, a confused Clevelander walking along lake Erie spotted a mass of bricks that had been washed up onto the shore. Although the shores can sometimes be filled with debris, this is still an unusual sight.

As a result, the individual asked social media about the origins of the bricks. Here, a number of locals chimed in with theories surrounding the origins of the bricks. It turns out that these bricks are a strange but interestnig part of Cleveland’s history and its past industrialization.


The bed of Lake Erie bears witness to a significant remnant of Cleveland’s urban past: Some sources claim that an estimated two billion vitrified clay paving bricks were dumped in the lakes due to becoming redundant many years back. These relics, originating from the city’s thoroughfares constructed in the 19th and early 20th centuries, were displaced during the transition to modern asphalt and reinforced concrete pavements. It is possible that since then, more bricks have also been added from other sources.

As a result, bricks will sometimes wash up from time to time and some locals even collect them and use them for personal use. As mentioned earlier, seeing these bricks isn’t exactly a common sight but is not as rare as some may think.

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