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Textile Industry in Huntsville, Alabama, Huntsville, Madison County, AL



Item Title
Textile Industry in Huntsville, Alabama, Huntsville, Madison County, AL

Location
Alabama, Huntsville, AL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER AL-141
Significance: The development of Huntsville's textile industry with the construction of mills such as Dallas, Merrimack, Lowe and Licoln coincided with national and regional trends that made textile production one of the South's most important industries. Like many Southern communities, Huntsville experienced its most important textile industry growth in the years from 1890-1930. Huntsville mills were also typical in their reliance on Northern industrialists and a paternalistic relationship with their workers. In addition to providing rental housing, Huntsville mills frequently provided recreational facilities, schools, and shopping or service facilities. Although Huntsville's once thriving textile industry is now defunct, important evidence of the impact of this industry in the urban landscape remains through a few surviving mill structures and extensive mill village neighborhoods.

Related Names
Stewart, Bob, Historian
Davidson, Lisa Pfueller, Historian
Anderson, Richard K., Delineator
Suffield, West, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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