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Belding in Ionia County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Belrockton Dormitory

 
 
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By Cameron Zwart, May 5, 2012
1. Belrockton Dormitory Marker
Inscription. Built in 1906, the Belrockton is the last remaining boardinghouse of the three provided by the Belding Brothers and Company for its single female workers. A major silk manufacturer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the company employed hundreds of young women and earned Belding the title of “Silk City of the World.” Providing accom[m]odations for one hundred residents and staff, the Belrockton Dormitory, a Classical Revival-inspired building, was erected at a cost of thirty thousand dollars. Following the closing of the company's silk mills in 1935, the “Bel” served as a residential training center for the National Youth Administration. In 1943 the building became a recreation center. The city of Belding purchased the structure in 1950 to serve as a community center. In 1987 it became the home of the Belding Museum.
 
Erected 1993 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number 1747.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 5.858′ N, 85° 13.573′ W. Marker is in Belding, Michigan, in Ionia County. Marker is at the intersection of Hanover Street and East Main Street
Belrockton Dormitory image. Click for full size.
By Cameron Zwart, May 5, 2012
2. Belrockton Dormitory
, on the right when traveling north on Hanover Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 Hanover Street, Belding MI 48809, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alvah N. Belding Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Pere Marquette Railway Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smyrna (approx. 3.2 miles away); Greenville (approx. 6 miles away); White's Bridge (approx. 6.8 miles away); Alton Pioneer Village (approx. 8.5 miles away); Fallasburg Pioneer Village (approx. 9.3 miles away); John Wesley Fallas House / John W. Fallas (approx. 9.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Belding.
 
Also see . . .
1. Belrockton Dormitory. Center for Geographic Information (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 

2. Belding Brothers and Company. Belding Library (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 

3. Belrockton Dormitory. City of Belding (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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