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Easton in Northampton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cradle of the American Silk Industry

Karl Stirner Arts Trail

 

— City of Easton, Pennsylvania —

 
Cradle of the American Silk Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 3, 2020
1. Cradle of the American Silk Industry Marker
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Pennsylvania's first silk mill opened in Scranton in 1873. The first silk mill in the Lehigh Valley was the Adelade Silk Mill in Allentown, which opened in 1881. Other prominent silk milling operations included the Bethlehem Silk Mill, the R&H Simon Silk Mill in Easton, the Dery Silk Mill in Catasauqua, the Macungie Silk Company, the Diehl Silk Mill in Bath, and the lehigh Valley Silk Mills in Fountain Hill. At one time, there were more than 300 silk mills in Pennsylvania and approximately 75 in the Lehigh Valley. At its height in 1920, the silk industry had become the largest employer in the state. One out of every 3 silk workers in the United States was from Pennsylvania. Production flattened throughout the 1920s, as overseas silk products and less costly synthetic products infiltrated the marketplace. The Catoir Silk Company, which owned the last operating silk mill in the Lehigh VAlley, closed in 1989.

Over the last several decades, many old mill complexes have been creatively redeveloped for new uses, at the same time preserving the unique architectural and industrial heritage of their structures. Their sturdy
Cradle of the American Silk Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 3, 2020
2. Cradle of the American Silk Industry Marker
construction, high ceilings, expansive open spaces, and propensity for allowing in natural light often make them well-suited for adapted reuse. In 2006, the Easton Redevelopment Authority acquired the former R&H Simon Silk Mill in order to help spur its redevelopment and reuse.
 
Erected by City of Easton, Pennsylvania.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania, Easton, Karl Stirner Arts Trail series list.
 
Location. 40° 41.805′ N, 75° 13.6′ W. Marker is in Easton, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Marker is on Karl Stirner Arts Trail 0.1 miles east of North 13th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1286 Simon Blvd, Easton PA 18042, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. R & H Simon Silk Mill (here, next to this marker); The Birthplace of Crayola® (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nobori, 2010 (about 700 feet away); U.S.S. Maine and Spanish-American War Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Sullivan's Campaign (approx. 0.8 miles away); Establishing a College at Easton (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Confluence of Campus and Community
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(approx. 0.9 miles away); Lafayette College Gateway (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Easton.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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