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Hamilton--Brown Shoe Factory - Columbia, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 57.614 W 092° 19.373
15S E 558665 N 4312581
Quick Description: Historic former shoe factory in Columbia, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 4/12/2008 5:21:53 PM
Waymark Code: WM3JMQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member deano1943
Views: 45

Long Description:

"The Hamilton-Brown Shoe Company building, at 1115 Wilkes Boulevard, In Columbia, Missouri, is significant under Criterion A, in the area of Industry. The building was built over the winter of 1906-1907, and went into use in 1907. It served as a Hamilton-Brown shoe factory from then until 1939; the period of significance thus runs from 1907-1939. The large factory building, which is intact and a contributing building, is the only resource on the property. The Columbia plant was built early in a period of decentralization of shoe manufacturing in the state. In the early years of the 20th century, all of the major shoe manufacturers in St. Louis, including Hamilton- Brown, began locating new plants in outstate communities to save labor costs. The Columbia factory was the first facility that Hamilton-Brown, which was at the time the largest shoe manufacturing company in the world, operated outside of St. Louis. It was also the first large-scale industrial facility of any kind to operate in Columbia, and the largest, and often only, industrial operation in the community for most of the period of significance. The factory building today provides an intact, highly significant link with Columbia's early industrial history." ~ National Register Nomination Form

The building is used for senior service agencies and for other businesses.
Street address:
1123 Wilkes Blvd
Columbia, Missouri

County / Borough / Parish: Boone

Year listed: 2002

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event - Industry

Periods of significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949

Historic function: Industry/Processing/Extraction

Current function: Commerce/Trade, Social

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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