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Transcribed from "Illustrated Altoona" page 39
JOHN R. VAUGHN was the first brick manufacturer in Altoona. He established a yard and built kilns in the vicinity of Ninth Avenue and Thirtieth Street, before the city had extended to that distance. These yards he operated for many years, and later his son, William F. Vaughn, was associated with him. On the death of John R. Vaughn in 1892, William F. Vaughn established a new yard and erected kilns at Eldorado, three miles southeast of the city; soon after which the yard at Thirtieth Street was abandoned. About 3,000,000 building brick are made here annually and they find a ready market at home. The number of men employed runs from 30 to 75.
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