Dearborn in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Hanks Silk Mill
Workers spent tedious hours here, tending to the silkworms and spinning thread from their cocoons.
The Hanks family ran this mill, which is believed to be the first water powered silk mill in the United States. The thread they made in this mill was sold across the country. They later moved to a larger mill, where they continued to make thread until the 1920s.
Built in 1812 near Mansfield, Connecticut.
Erected by The Henry Ford.
Location. 42° 18.379′ N, 83° 13.765′ W. Marker is in Dearborn, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Bagley Avenue near Junction Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dearborn MI 48124, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Armington & Sims Machine Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Millpond (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Smith Creek Depot (about 400 feet away); Wright Cycle Shop (about 400 feet away); Sir John Bennett Jewelry Shop Thomas Edisonís Menlo Park Office and Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edison Homestead (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dearborn.
More about this marker. This marker and the building it identifies are found in Greenfield Village, a outdoor historical museum/park, located at 20900 Oakwood Boulevard in Dearborn, Michigan. The road names use on this page are those found inside Greenfield Village and are for pedestrians use only (except for the occasional Model T running around).
Also see . . . Traditional Silk Making Today - vimeo.com. A 3 minute video clip on how silk thread is made using traditional methods (Submitted on November 10, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.