History

  • 1897 – 1898

  • 1902 – 1909

  • 1915 – 1919

  • 1919 – 1921

  • 1934

  • 1935

  • 1941 – 1961

  • 1964 – 1972

  • 1980's

  • 1999 – 2000

  • 2008

  • 2010 – Present

  • 18971898

    3795

    Original land purchased by G. Gunby Jordan, John J. Hill, and John F. Hanson. Columbus Power Company was created; W. C. Bradley recruited to join group.

  • 19021909

    3811

    Dam and two powerhouses completed; original mill building opens. The “old village” built, consisting of 101 houses on 40-foot lot and the “girls hotel.”

     

  • 19151919

    3834

    1,000 feet of length is added to the mill within two separate phases almost doubling the mill. Bibb City School constructed and 27 acres purchased north of the original mill village.

  • 19191921

    3840

    Earle Draper, a Charlotte landscape architect, created a Olmstedian plan for a new village, which featured curvilinear streets, pocket parks, and 160 homesites.

  • 1934

    1934

    United Textile Workers of America coordinated a nationwide strike. The strike was not as bitter or protracted in Columbus.

  • 1935

    1935

    All mill village houses equipped with electricity, running water and bathrooms.

  • 19411961

    3902

    “Heyday” of Mill about 3,000 workers were employed during this time.

  • 19641972

    3936

    Houses sold when village was divested. Workforce down to 1,400 as automatic machines are introduced.

  • 1980's

    1980

    U.S. textile recession, Bibb follows trend. Bibb Company files for bankruptcy. Final day of plant Operations (March 20, 1998).

  • 19992000

    3999

    Buck Investment Company purchases mill complex. Bibb City relinquishes charter, enters the consolidated City of Columbus. Renovations on Mill begin.

  • 2008

    2008

    Over 100 years of history was lost when Bibb Manufacturing went up in flames and burned to the ground leaving only the front facade.

  • 2010Present

    2010

    Conserving what is left of the Cotton Mill, we are currently in the process of turning that space into lush, tranquil outdoor gardens.

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