Western Knitting Mills

Registered Site L2125

Western Knitting Mills

Paint Creek and the Clinton River provided power for the first woolen mill on this site in 1844. Constructed in 1896, the Western Knitting Mills building was supported by a yarn mill, dormitories, and two waehouses. One of the area's largest employers, the mill produced wool socks, gloves, and mittens (1896 - 1916); wool cloth (1916 - 27); and khaki gloves for World War I soldiers. Knitting ceased at this site in 1939.
photo of Western Knitting Mills

Erected 2003

Location: 400 Water Street
Rochester, Oakland County

Business & Industry
World War I

Latitude: 42.680556, Longitude: -83.131111

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