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

R & H Simon Silk Mill

Karl Stirner Arts Trail

 

— City of Easton, Pennsylvania —

 
R & H Simon Silk Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 3, 2020
1. R & H Simon Silk Mill Marker
Inscription.  
Brothers Robert and Herman Simon, owners of the R&H Simon Silk Company, built several initial mill buildings just across the Bushkill Creek from this location in 1883. The creek provided them easy access to the water needed for production. These initial facilities consisted of a main mill building, boiler-engine house and office of brick design following the same late 19th Century Industrial Romanesque style of their earlier Union HIll, New Jersey facility. The Easton facility had an initial workforce of 250. Several expansions occurred throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s. Employment rocketed to 1,060 by 1899 and production increased accordingly. All of the new buildings and additions, up to and including this period, follow the late 19th Century Industrial Romanesque style leading to significant stylistic unity within the complex. The power and engine facilities grew in size to become one of the most modern in the area, rated at 2,000 horse power. Mill employment grew to over 1,200 workers, with roughly 1,500 pieces of various machinery.

Robert Simon ied in 1901 leaving his brother Herman to continue the
R & H Simon Silk Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 3, 2020
2. R & H Simon Silk Mill Marker
business. After some additional enhancements and additions, the R&H Simon Easton and Union Hill plants were heralded by "Commercial and Financial World" (New York, March 1, 1913) as ranking "among the model establishments of the world, whether as regards construction, equipment or administration". The complex remains architecturally important as a unified collection of late 19th and 20th century industrial buildings and as a model business establishment in the growth and decline of the American silk industry.
 
Erected by City of Easton, Pennsylvania.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania, Easton, Karl Stirner Arts Trail series list.
 
Location. 40° 41.807′ N, 75° 13.601′ 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. Cradle of the American Silk Industry (here, next to this marker); The Birthplace of Crayola® (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nobori, 2010 (about
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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 (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 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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