Dwight Mill Village - Gadsden, AL
N 34° 01.477 W 086° 02.724
16S E 588131 N 3765296
Quick Description: Dwight Mill Village Historical Marker, Gadsden, AL
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 2/17/2012 7:51:11 PM
Waymark Code: WMDR5X
The Dwight Mill Village marker is an engraved stone set vertically in bricks. It comemorates the housing development built in the area by the Dwight Manufacturing Company to house workers for its cotton mill. The marker is located at the intersection of Marston Avenue and Coolidge Circle. A bronze bell is mounted atop the marker.
Marker Name: Dwight Mill Village
Marker Type: Urban
Dwight Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts selected this site in Alabama City for a cotton mill in 1894. The mill and the village, covering 240 acres was constructed under the direction of Howard Garner Nichols.
There were 160 New England style cottages in the original construction plan. Each home had a distinctive architectural style and color scheme. Later construction brought the total number of homes in the village to 700. This model village was designed with its own schools, a public library, bowling alley, a recreational park with grandstand, a baseball field, lakes, bath houses, and medical facilities.
Dwight Manufacturing Company began production in December 1896. The cotton mill thrived until 1959 when the plant closed.
Date Dedicated / Placed: Unknown
Marker Number: None
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