Early businesses helped build many of the small towns along the railroad in North Dakota. General stores, banks, newspapers, post offices – every little town had something.
In Hebron, North Dakota, the most notable was its clay brick plant that gave the town its nickname “The Brick City.” When the brick production started back in 1904, horses and wagons transported the clay. Later trains hauled in the material. Over time, the plant grew. Just under five million bricks were produced in 1914 – and more than eight million bricks in 1916.