Highland Mill #3

Highland Park Manufacturing Company first organized in 1891. The company opened its Charlotte division, Highland Mill #3 around 1900. Located in what is now known as the North Davidson District, the mill became one of the leading manufacturers of gingham in the United States. The owners of the company built recreation centers, businesses, and houses for the workers at the mill. A close knit community emerged and was greatly affected by the closing of Highland Mill in 1969. The area experienced an economic decline but is reemerged as a vibrant neighborhood for the arts.


Residents of the Shue Boarding House posed for this picture in the early 1920s.
Many of these people and their families worked at the mill seen above.

Photographs courtesy of Lois Yandle who generously donated copies to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room.