INDUSTRY OUTSIDE METROPOLIS

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Industrial

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It’s a matter of definition. For most of my life, I lived in or around major cities. New York, where I grew up. I don’t know if Jerusalem counts as a major city, but I was there a pretty long time.

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Then Boston. Industrial in large cities is synonymous with “big.” Great brick factories belching smoke. Tall chimneys. Pollution. Cement. Traffic.

Old Mill No. 4

Yet, ironically, out here in the Blackstone Valley is where the American industrial revolution began. We are the home of the first factories.

Crown and Eagle mill transformed into elderly housing
Crown and Eagle mill transformed into elderly housing

The mills, built along the Blackstone River were where it all began. We are still cleaning up the pollution and the mills are either gone or converted to some other use.

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First they moved down south, where they could find cheaper land, labor, favorable tax laws … and they would be near the cotton fields.

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But industry remains. It’s not the way it was, yet it is industry. Small factories, cottage industry by comparison. And just as interesting as photographic subject.

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And finally, not forgetting our New England coastline, the docks and ships of our historic fishing fleets. Our first American industry!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!

7 thoughts on “INDUSTRY OUTSIDE METROPOLIS”

  1. I worked in some of the oldest textile mills of the deep south while living in South Carolina. The Sibley plant, located in Augusta, Georgia, still wooden slat floors you could feel jumping up and down as the roar of the old twin looms ran as they had for over 100 years. I was sadly there when each of these landmark mills shut down until the 3rd largest textile company in the world went belly up, going our of business because of the Chinese competition. I was proud to work with the thousands of textile workers that scratched out a living. I put in 13 years in the mills along side some that I knew put in 45.

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    1. It seemed a natural way to go. We were where industry began — but not where it remained. Still, we have our little home-grown industries and they are very important, historically and economically to the region. Shrinking perhaps … the fish need to come back again …but if the fleets are careful and sensible, in a decade or so, the fleet will have revived fishing ground.

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