Near Gadsden in Etowah County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Dwight Mill Village
Dwight Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts selected this site in Alabama City for a cotton mill in 1894. The Mill and the village covering 240 acres was constructed under the direction of Howard Gardner Nichols.
There were 160 New England style cottages in the original construction plan, each home had a distinctive architectural style and color scheme. Later construction brought the total number of homes in the village to 700. This model Village was designed with its own schools, public library, bowling alley, a recreational park with bandstand, a baseball field, lakes, bath houses and medical facilities.
Dwight Manufacturing Company began production in December 1896. The cotton mill thrived until 1959 when the plant closed.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Landmarks • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1896.
Location. 34° 1.476′ N, 86° 2.73′ W. Marker is near Gadsden, Alabama, in Etowah County. Marker is at the intersection of Marston Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gadsden AL 35904, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Howard Gardner Nichols 1871-1896 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alabama City World War II Veterans Monument (about 800 feet away); Alabama City, Alabama (about 800 feet away); Emma Sansom (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Emma Sansom (approx. 0.6 miles away); Etowah County War Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Eleventh Street School (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Legend Of Noccalula (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gadsden.
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Also see . . . Gadsden, City of Champions. Online Google Book. Page 47 Chapter 5 Titled Alabama City and the 1890's (Submitted on May 3, 2009, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
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