Beaver Mill

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For the historic grist mill located near Craigsville, Nicholas County, West Virginia, see Beaver Mill (Craigsville, West Virginia).
Beaver Mill
Beaver Mill, North Adams MA.jpg
Beaver Mill is located in Massachusetts
Beaver Mill
Beaver Mill is located in the US
Beaver Mill
Location North Adams, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°42′12″N 73°5′55″W / 42.70333°N 73.09861°W / 42.70333; -73.09861Coordinates: 42°42′12″N 73°5′55″W / 42.70333°N 73.09861°W / 42.70333; -73.09861
Built 1833
Architect unknown
NRHP Reference # 73000292[1]
Added to NRHP May 11, 1973

Beaver Mill is a historic mill located on Beaver Street in North Adams, Massachusetts. Its main building (mill #1) is built in part on foundations that date to 1833, representing surviving elements the oldest industrial mill structure in North Adams. The mill was rebuilt and enlarged after a fire in 1850. In 1875, Gallup & Houghton owned the majority of the mill, with about one quarter owned by Harvey Arnold. A 1,000-foot (300 m) long, 12-foot (3.7 m) high, 4-foot (1.2 m) thick wall was built along the water in 1888 to protect the mill.

The mill achieved its largest extent in 1900, with 25,000 spindles, as part of the Arnold Print Works properties; business failures in 1878 and 1908 caused the mill to be part of the Arnold Print Works Reorganization Agreements.In 1929 Arnold sold the property to Sprague Electric, whose first major facility it was. Sprague moved some of its facilities from Quincy, Massachusetts to the Beaver Mill in 1930. Sprague went on to take over most of the Arnold complex. Sprague sold it to Hoosuck Community Resources Corp. by 1977.[2][3]

The mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Sprage, John L. (2015) Sprague Electric: An Electronic Giant's Rise, Fall and Life After Death Createspace. ISBN 9781503387812
  3. ^ "MACRIS inventory for Beaver Mill #1". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 

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