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History

Bourne Mill, according to the R.I. Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, was erected between 1881 and 1951. The granite and red brick buildings are closely linked with the industrial heritage of Fall River, once considered the capital of cotton manufacturing in North America. Although the mill is physically situated in Tiverton,RI, its history is more closely associated with Fall River's industrial heritage.

Built of locally quarried granite, the mill began operations in 1883 with 500 employees. The main block of the mill housed all weaving and spinning operations, as well as the engine and boiler rooms, and a slasher room - where finished fabric is marked for cuts. Initially, the company produced cotton flannels, but switched its product line to special orders in 1885. By the end of the century, the mill was producing 17,000,000 yards of cloth each year.


1937 Mill Workers