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L. L. Ludlow C. E. Engr. [sic], MAYODAN THE TOWN SITE OF THE PIEDMONT LAND & M’F’G GO. SITUATED AT MAYO FALLS ROCKINGHAM CO. N. C. Winston, NC, ca. 1895.

Unrecorded plan for the company town of Mayodan North Carolina

An unrecorded plan for the textile mill town of Mayodan in Rockingham County, North Carolina, an early example of the migration of the textile industry from New England to lower-cost southern locales.  Mayodan was founded in the 1890s by Winston-Salem manufacturer, railroad magnate and banker Francis Henry Fries (1855-1931). After overseeing the construction of the […]

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Manuscript survey of Lancaster Mills in Clinton, Massachusetts

An accomplished map of the Lancaster Mills complex in Clinton, Massachusetts. The Lancaster Mills Corporation was founded in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1844 by brothers Horatio and Erastus Bigelow. Horatio seems to have been the entrepreneur of the two, while Erastus was a serial inventor and an expert in process improvement and reengineering. He used his […]

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A fascinating view of Haverhill, Massachusetts

A most interesting variant edition of O.H. Bailey’s 1893 bird’s-eye view of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Bailey’s spectacular view depicts this important manufacturing town as seen looking northward from an imaginary high point over the Merrimac River. It focuses on the vast manufacturing complex along the river, with the city’s business and residential districts to the sides […]

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Manuscript plan of textile mill on the Nashua River in Boyston, Mass.

Manuscript plan of a textile mill complex in Massachusetts

An accomplished and detailed manuscript plan of a textile mill complex on the Nashua River in Boylston, Massachusetts. The spinning mill was opened in 1846 by the Clinton Company, which in turn was owned by the Lancaster Mills Corporation of brothers Horatio and Erastus Bigelow. Horatio seems to have been the entrepreneur of the two, […]

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