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WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY

DAN SMITH

The acreage and
buildings that used to
host some 5,500 rayon
workers have been
reborn, to the extent
that the remaining 56
acres are now home
to some 127 tenant
businesses, with
total employment
approaching 2,000. We
sent a photographer to
bring back a look.
It was a national-class economic asset for
Roanoke in the 1920s and '30s. In fact, from
1917 until 1958 the "Silk Mill" provided stable
and relatively lucrative employment for a variety
of Roanokers, many of them young women. About
5,500 people worked at the American Viscose
Company in 1928, but by the time it closed in
1958, employment was down to 2,000-still
substantial-and both the company and nation
had changed.

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