Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Robert T. McGrath
The north half of Ellis County from Big Greek to the Saline River has numerous deposits of clay, while the south half of the county has few outcroppings . From Big Creek to the Smoky Hill River on the south, any clay there may be is covered by a rich top soil which has filled the lowlands from the hills north of Hays, to the low hills along the river. There are numerous deposits of shale in the hills south of the Saline which could be used commercially for tile or brick manufacture, however, their dark color lessens their value as a body for the making of art pottery. A few light firing clays were found, but without exception, their high content of sand, and subsequent high porosity, make their successful use doubtful .
Copyright 1938 John Strange
Strange, John M., "Pottery Making Possibilities of The Clays of Ellis County, Kansas" (1938). Master's Theses. 283.