Cannelton in Perry County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fabric of Cannelton
Ohio River Scenic Byway
The 70,000 square-foot building was once the largest industrial building in Indiana and the largest mill west of the Appalachians. It faces the Ohio River with a 280 foot frontage, and is five stories high. The river was a source for transported raw materials as well as an avenue to market the finished product. Construction cost of this building was $80,000, and $175,000 worth of machinery was shipped from England. Local coal was used to fuel the steam boilers that powered it.
Many young women, experienced in mill work, were brought from England, and modest housing was built to accommodate the workers. Several hundred workers were needed to operate the 11,000 spindles whirling out 40,000 yards of sheeting per week. The mill
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Twin 100 foot towers flank the entrance to the Indiana Cotton Mill; one contained a bell for calling employees back to work.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 37° 54.643′ N, 86° 44.717′ W. Marker is in Cannelton, Indiana, in Perry County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street and Smith Street, on the left when traveling east on Washington Street. Marker is located along the sidewalk, overlooking the subject building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 310 Washington Street, Cannelton IN 47520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indiana Cotton Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Cannelton Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile Gilbert Mortier Marquis de Layfayette (approx. ¼ mile away); Perry County Rocks (approx. ¼ mile away); Hawesville Railroad Station (approx. 0.6 miles away in Kentucky); Hawesville (approx. 0.6 miles away in Kentucky); County Named - 1829 (approx. 0.7 miles away in Kentucky); Captain William Davison / Steamboat Disaster (approx. one mile away in Kentucky). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cannelton.
Regarding Fabric of Cannelton. National Register of Historic Places #75000011. National Historic Landmark (1991). The adaptive restoration of the mill to a 70-unit, low-income apartment complex was completed in 2003.
Also see . . .
1. Cannelton Cotton Mill. The Cannelton Cotton Mill, built between 1849 and 1851 on the banks of the Ohio River, was designed to rival the famous mills of Lowell, Massachusetts and bring together northern industrialists and southern cotton growers. (Submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Cannelton Cotton Mill (Wikipedia). It initially employed about 400 workers, (Submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. National Register of Historic Places Nomination. The Cannelton mill, overlooking the Ohio River, manufactured thread and cloth for over 100 years from 1851 to 1954. Its innovative design used steam power and Southern cotton, and its utility and aesthetics attempted to make Southern Indiana an industrial center. (Submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. Cannelton Cotton Mills. (exterior & interior photographs; Wikimedia Commons) (Submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.