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Rochester in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Western Knitting Mills

 
 
Western Knitting Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 10, 2018
1. Western Knitting Mills Marker
Inscription.  Paint Creek and the Clinton River provided power for the first woolen mill on this site in 1844. Constructed in 1896, the Western Knitting Mills building was supported by a yarn mill, dormitories and two warehouses. One of the area's largest employers, the mill produced wool socks, gloves and mittens (1896-1916), wool cloth (1916-1927), and khaki gloves for World War I soldiers. Knitting ceased at this site in 1939.
 
Erected 2003 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L-2125.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, World I. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 42° 40.849′ N, 83° 7.875′ W. Marker is in Rochester, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and East Fourth Street, on the left when traveling south on Water Street. Marker is in the parking lot, near the entrance of the Rochester Mills
Western Knitting Mills and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, June 10, 2018
2. Western Knitting Mills and Marker
Beer Company. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Water Street, Rochester MI 48307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hammer (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Masonic Block (about 600 feet away); Rochester Opera House (about 600 feet away); City of Rochester, Michigan (about 700 feet away); Three-faced Clock (about 700 feet away); Rollin Sprague Building (about 800 feet away); Chapman Pond (approx. 0.2 miles away); Detroit United Railway and Car Barn (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
 
Also see . . .  Western Knitting Mills. (Submitted on June 13, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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