Saturday, March 28, 2015

page 157 -- H.B. Cook, Holly Folders, Willimantic Linen Company

updated 6 February 2016
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33 N. Main St. Bristol, CT


another Willimantic Thread card can be found on
page 192 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection
Fortunately for all, the unusual granite home of the Willimantic Linen Company has largely been preserved, although as can be seen in the Google shots below some buildings have been torn down.

Several buildings occupy space now used for parking in this 1991 Google Earth view.
Mill #4 appears across the river from the main plant.
By 2002, this Google Earth shot shows the absence of some of the buildings that were present a decade earlier.
Mill #2 is the main building as featured below on Google Street View. On the hill to the left
of this view is the scar left by Mill #4 which burned to the ground in the mid-1990s.
The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation has an excellent site on the history of Willimantic and its multiple thread manufacturing enterprises. So, too, does Textile History.

from the Libary of Congress, as is the explanation below:
"Willimantic Linen Company began work on Mill No. 5 shortly before selling out to American Thread Company in 1898. American Thread completed the mill c1900-03 as the one of several brick-pier factories. Part of the power used in Mill No. 5 came from hydropower facilities installed at this time in Mill No. 1 (HAER No. CT-44-A). Although not an individually significant structure, Mill No. 5 has significance as part of the American Thread Company complex, once the largest local employer in the Borough of Willimantic."

What a dramatic day it was when Google Street View visited Willimantic in 2011:

(Google Street View, above and below)
Though the granite of these buildings is substantial,
it has taken a great deal of community support to preserve this history.
From Google Maps, a birdseye of Willimantic thread in 2015
Want to know more about textile manufacture in the 19th century? Try: Windham Textile andHistory MuseumThe Mill Museum of ConnecticutSelf-Guided Tour/Museo Textil e Histórico de WindhamEl Museo de la Fábrica de Tejidosde ConnecticutRecorrido auto-guiado



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