Belding in Ionia County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Built in 1906, the Belrockton is the last remaining boardinghouse of the three provided by the Belding Brothers and Company for its single female workers. A major silk manufacturer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the company employed hundreds of young women and earned Belding the title of “Silk City of the World.” Providing accom[m]odations for one hundred residents and staff, the Belrockton Dormitory, a Classical Revival-inspired building, was erected at a cost of thirty thousand dollars. Following the closing of the company's silk mills in 1935, the “Bel” served as a residential training center for the National Youth Administration. In 1943 the building became a recreation center. The city of Belding purchased the structure in 1950 to serve as a community center. In 1987 it became the home of the Belding Museum.
Erected 1993 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number 1747.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
Location. 43° 5.858′ N, 85° 13.573′ W. Marker is in Belding, Michigan, in Ionia County. Marker is at the intersection of Hanover Street and East Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Hanover Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 Hanover Street, Belding MI 48809, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alvah N. Belding Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Pere Marquette Railway Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smyrna (approx. 3.2 miles away); Greenville (approx. 6 miles away); White's Bridge (approx. 6.8 miles away); Alton Pioneer Village (approx. 8˝ miles away); Fallasburg Pioneer Village (approx. 9.3 miles away); John Wesley Fallas House / John W. Fallas (approx. 9˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belding.
Also see . . .
1. Belrockton Dormitory in Belding. Lost in Michigan website entry (Submitted on March 17, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Belding Brothers & Company, Silk Manufacturers. Alvah N. Belding Memorial Library website entry (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.)
3. Belding Museum. City of Belding website homepage (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.)
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