Fall River, Massachusetts was once the largest cotton textile center in the United States. The first spinning mill opened here in 1811, and hundreds of others followed suit, taking advantage of the abundant waterpower provided by the Quequechan River*.
For close to two centuries, things for Fall River textile producers went quite nicely. But foreign competition eventually began to take its toll and, today, the factories that once clothed America have mostly been shuttered and abandoned.
Notice we said mostly. Because for the last 75 years, the New England Shirt Company factory on Alden Street has remained in continuous operation.
Admittedly, the building isn't all that much to look at. But step inside and you will find an honest, hard-working factory, and a group of skilled, dedicated craftspeople using vintage sewing machines to create honest, timeless clothing.
The saying "What goes around comes around" could have been invented here.