Cannelton Cotton Mill, Front & Fourth Streets, Cannelton, Perry County, IN
Significance: The Cennelton (later Indiana) Cotton Mill is both a monumental example of industrial architecture and evidence of a major attempt to industrialize southern Indian. With its superb masonry construction and twin towers, the structure is one of the most impressive textile mills ever built in this country. When finished the mill incorporated the newest mechanical equipment and machinery. There was an extensive fire prevention system using pumping machines and ventilation devices. The building is also important as visual proof of the attempt to create sectional harmony in the decade prior to the Civil War. Financed by New England, Southern and Western interests, it represents a broad-based attempt to challenge the textile industry of New England. Although the mill failed to induce an industrial boom in southern Indiana, it did produce cotton cloth for over 100 years.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-18
Survey number: HAER IN-1
Building/structure dates: 1851 Initial Construction
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 75000011