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First Cotton Factory

First Cotton Factory

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

First Cotton Factory

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted June, 2012

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The City of Thorold
In a park on the south side of Albert Street West
between Pine Street and Front Street

Coordinates: N 43 07.490 W 79 12.110


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Plaque Text

The first cotton goods produced in this province were being manufactured in Thorold in 1847. The mill, a joint stock company founded by local citizens, included Jacob Keefer as president and James Munro as secretary, and was located near here. About twenty looms, driven by water power, produced unbleached sheetings, scrim and cotton batting. The factory operated till about 1849. A few years later, after a period of renewed activity under different ownership, it was destroyed by fire. This cotton mill was the forerunner of what later developed into an important provincial industry.



Thorold Plaques

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