under the asphalt

Filed under: artifact,development,road — WmX @ 09:59

peebles block portsmouth ohio
Paving bricks are larger…typically 9 ” by 4 “, and much heavier.  One paving brick weighs almost 10 lbs each.  They have at least twice the “crush strength” of typical bricks, and are fired at a higher temperature, which results in an exterior coating that makes them more impervious to water.–Keith

(in the course of infrastructure changes on W Main some of Charlottesville’s old road history is unearthed, paving brick)


  1. An oldtimer here in Ohio told me once that there were “hill bricks” under the asphalt on one of our streets. Hill bricks were supposedly beveled on the edge so that horses wouldn’t slip on rain-slick streets. I could never confirm it.

    Comment by Mic — 2013/11/10 @ 15:50

  2. That’s the branch of my Peebles family that settled in Ohio. Let me know if you come across any I can have. Are they throwing them away?

    Comment by Victoria — 2013/11/10 @ 22:59

  3. I have a walkway paved with those bricks in my backyard.

    Comment by Kevin Barnard — 2013/11/12 @ 19:32

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