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Arista Cotton Mill

Arista Cotton Mill

By 1880, F. & H. Fries had outgrown their old mill in Salem. That year they began the Arista Cotton Mill across the street from the original Wachovia Cotton Mill, which they had acquired and were operating as a grist mill. The new mill was a three-story brick building with a two-story pyramidal-roofed stair tower. It was the first factory in the South to have electric lights.

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