Baltimore Industry Tours

Cotton Mills of the Jones Falls


In this site, where there is a disagreement about the history of a mill, I have used John McGrain's Baltimore City and County Mills as the final authority.

National Register of Historic Places

Bird, Betty; Plant, Rebecca. Mount Vernon Mill #1/#01000388. Washington, DC: National Registry of Historic Places, 2000. Print.

Black, Catherine F. Londontown Manufacturing Company, Inc./#73002188. Baltimore, MD: National Register of Historic Places, 1972. Print.

Black, Catherine F. Poole & Hunt Foundry/#73002194. Baltimore, MD: National Register of Historic Places, 1972. Print.

Rivoire, J. Richard; Miller, Nancy A. Rockland Historic District/#73000899. Baltimore, MD: National Register of Historic Places, 1972. Print.

Shoken, Fred. Mount Washington Mill/#90000727, Baltimore, MD: National Register of Historic Places. 1989. Print.

Baltimore Sun

“Clipper Mills Property Sold for New Usage.” Baltimore Sun 10 Feb 1925: 26. Print.

“The Industrial Interests. Baltimore Manufactories — A Tour among the Cotton Mills.” Baltimore Sun
8 Aug. 1872: 1. Print.

“New Cotton Duck Company.” Baltimore Sun 31 Jan. 1915: 14. Print.

“A Visit to Woodberry.” Baltimore Sun 29 Jul. 1847. Print.

Powder, Jackie. “Reliving Garment Industry's Heyday: New exhibit at Museum of Industry pays homage to city's ‘needle trades.’” External link Baltimore Sun 26 Oct. 1998. Print.

Rasmussen, Frederick N. “Back Story: Seeking landmark status for valve house at Cross Keys.” Baltimore Sun 9 May 2013. Print.

Additional Sources

“Baltimore Clippers.” External link. Baltimore: Pride of Baltimore, Inc. Web. 9 Apr. 2014.

Beirne, D. Randall. “Hampden-Woodberry: The Mill Village in an Urban Setting.” Baltimore, MD: Maryland Historical Magazine Vol 77, No. 1, Mar. 1982: 6–16. Print.

“What is Duck Cloth?” External link Winder, GA: Big Duck Canvas. Web. 9 Apr. 2014.

Bolton Library and Museum Services. “The Life of Samuel Crompton.” External link Bolton, England: Bolton Library and Museum. Web. 9 Apr. 2014.

Brewington, Marion V. “Chesapeake Sailmaking.” Baltimore: Maryland Historical Magazine Volume 65 Issue 2 1970: 144. Print.

Buhl, Victor C. “The History of the Hooper Mills.” College Park, MD: University of Maryland, 1940. Print.

Bullock, James G. Jr. A Brief History of Textile Manufacturing Along Jones Falls. 1970. Print.
[Early mill ownership in this document greatly varies from ownership documented by John McGrain. — DN]

Clark, Arthur Hamilton. The Clipper Ship Era: An Epitome of Famous American and Clipper Ships. New York: G P Putnam, 1912. Print.

“Clipper Ships: Greyhounds of the Seas.” External link Sydney: Australian National Maritime Museum. Web. 9 Apr. 2014.

Coyle, Wilbur F. “The Mayors of Baltimore.” The Baltimore Municipal Journal 1919: 203–210. Print. (Archives of Maryland [Biographical Series], MSA SC 3520-12484)

DeBow, James Dunwoody Brownson, Ed. “Article IV—Growth, Trade, and Manufacture of Cotton.” External link DeBow’s Review, Volume 15. Washington, DC: 1853: 470–486. Print. [Good review of history of cotton manufacturing in the U.S. — DN]

Dent, Nicholas. How to Sail: A Practical Course in Boat Handling. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1979. Print.

Dewing, Arthur Stone, Ph.D.. Corporate Promotions and Reorganizations, Volume 10. London: Oxford University Press, 1914: 334–377. Print. [Detailed review of the finances and errors in the creation of the cotton duck trust prior to World War 1. — DN]

“The Disappointing Duck Trust.” United States Investor Volume 20 Issue 41 9 Oct. 1909: 1820 (36). Print.

Doug & Linda. Doug & Linda’s Dairy Antique Site. External link 9 Apr. 2014. Digital file.

“Fast Ships, Bold Captains, and their Role in the War of 1812: Pride of Baltimore Dockside Privateer History Display.” External link Baltimore: Pride of Baltimore, Inc. Exhibit and Web. 9 Apr. 2014.

Fitton, R. S.; Wadsworth, A. P. The Strutts and the Arkwrights 1758–1830: A Study in the Early Factory System. Manchester, England: Manchester University Press, 1958. Print.

Gilbert, Geoffrey N. “Baltimore’s Flour Trade to the Caribbean, 1750–1815.” The Journal of Economic History Vol. 37, No. 1, The Tasks of Economic History [Cambridge University Press] Mar. 1977: 249–251. Print. Article stable url: 9 Apr. 2014.

Hansell, Saul. “Israel Myers Is Dead at 93; Originated London Fog Coat.” External link New York Times, 31 Dec. 1999. Print and Web.

Harvey, Bill. The People is Grass: A History of Hampden-Woodberry, 1802–1945. Baltimore, MD: Della Press, 1988. Print.

Hooper, Henry E. Wm. E. Hooper & Sons Company. External link Dissertation Yale University, 1986. Yale: Yale School of Organization & Management, 1986. Print and web. 9 Apr. 2014.

Howard, George W. Monumental City, It’s Past History and Present Resources. External link Baltimore: J. D. Ehlers, 1873. Print.

Jensen, Brennen. “PINS AND NEEDLES: Once the City’s Largest Industry, Baltimore’s Rag Trade is Stitched Into a Corner; Made Girl Scouts and Brownie Clothes Since 1924.” Baltimore: Baltimore City Paper, Oct. 1998. Web. 9 Apr. 2014.

Legacy Web Historic Photo Collection. External link Baltimore County Library website. 9 Apr. 2014. [As they were unattributed, the original captions have been edited and revised to be consistent with the research of John McGrain.]

Marsden, Richard. Cotton Weaving: Its Development, Principles and Practice. London: George Bell & Sons, 1895. Print.

McGrain, John. “Baltimore City and County Mills.” Maryland State Archives, MSA SC 4300-5-3. Electronic file.

McGrain, John. Scrapbook pages, photos and research on Baltimore County industry and trade. Maryland State Archives, MSA SC 5473-2-1. Paper, photographs, electronic.

McGrain, John. From Pig Iron To Cotton Duck: A History of Manufacturing Villages in Baltimore County. Baltimore County Public Library, 1985. Print.

“The Milling Process.” Bootts Cotton Mills, Lowell, MA: National Park Service. Exhibit. 29 Aug. 2013.

“New Mill Construction, Enlargements and Improvements.” America’s Textile Reporter 13 Jul. 1913: 966. Print.

Olson, Sherry. Baltimore, The Building of an American City. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. Print. [Read particularly 237-244 on sellout of Baltimore to the Trusts in late 1890s — DN]

Oyangen, Knut. “The Cotton Economy of the Old South.”External link American Agricultural History Primer. Iowa: Iowa State University. Web. 9 Apr. 2014. (references Bruchey, Stuart, ed. Cotton and the Growth of the American Economy, 1790–1860. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1967.)

Peacock, Doug. “Edmund Cartwright and the Power Loom.” External link England: Web. 9 Apr. 2014.

Petrie, Donald A. The Prize Game: Lawful Looting on the High Seas in the Days of Fighting Sail. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1999. Print.

The Retail Coalman. Jun. 1920. Print.

“Richard Awkwright.” External link Manchester, England: Museum of Science & Industry. Web. 9 Apr. 2014.

Richardson, F.A.; Bennett, W.A. Baltimore: Past and Present. With Biographical Sketches of Its Representative Men. Baltimore, MD: John W. Woods, 1871. Print.

Sansonetti, Craig. "A History of the Ma & Pa Railroad."External link Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Museum, 5 Jun. 1997. Web. 13 Jun. 2016

Scharf, J. Thomas. History of Baltimore City and County from the Earliest Period to the Present Day. Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1881. Print.

Slayden, Greg. “Historical Metropolitan Populations of the United States.” External link Seattle: Web. 9 Apr. 2014.

The Soda Fountain Dec. 1922: 77. Print.

Wadsworth, A. P.; Mann, J. de L. The Cotton Industry and Industrial Lancashire. Manchester, England: Manchester University Press 1931. Print.

“Wm. E. Hooper & Sons Enters 40th Year.” Baltimore Magazine Oct. 1953. Print.

“Wm. E. Hooper & Sons Co., Plant Story.” Textile Age Oct. 1950. Print.