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Near Gadsden in Etowah County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Dwight Mill Village

 
 
Dwight Mill Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, May 2, 2009
1. Dwight Mill Village Marker
Inscription.

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 Gardner 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, public library, bowling alley, a recreational park with bandstand, 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.
 
Location. 34° 1.476′ N, 86° 2.73′ W. Marker is near Gadsden, Alabama, in Etowah County. Marker is at the intersection of Marston Ave and Coolidge Circle, on the right on Marston Ave. Click for map. At the crossroads of Marston Ave, Dwight Ave and Coolidge Circle. Marker is in this post office area: Gadsden AL 35904, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Howard Gardner Nichols 1871-1896 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Emma Sansom
Dwight Mill Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, May 2, 2009
2. Dwight Mill Village Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Emma Sansom (approx. 0.6 miles away); Etowah County War Memorial (approx. 1.5 miles away); Eleventh Street School (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Legend Of Noccalula (approx. 1.8 miles away); William Luther Sibert Major General U.S. Army (Ret.) (approx. 1.9 miles away); Gunn-Bellenger House (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gadsden.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Howard Gardner Nichols and Dwight Manufacturing Company. (Submitted on May 3, 2009, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
2. Gadsden, City of Champions. Online Google Book. Page 47 Chapter 5 Titled Alabama City and the 1890's (Submitted on May 3, 2009, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 
 
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Dwight Mill Village image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, May 2, 2009
3. Dwight Mill Village
Howard Gardner Nichols Memorial Library image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, May 2, 2009
4. Howard Gardner Nichols Memorial Library
This library was built in the village in 1899 and opened in 1902.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 3,191 times since then and 209 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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