From Business North Carolina:

Back in the day, textile mills dominated in Belmont, sewing and spinning and stitching together the livelihoods of people who went home with lint in their hair and ringing in their ears.

In the mid-20th century, Belmont hummed and clattered with more than a dozen cotton mills: Majestic Mill, Acme Mill, Chronicle Mill, Imperial Mill, Sterling Spinning Mill, Belmont Hosiery Mill and — the biggest of the bunch — the R.L. Stowe Mills. All this fabric inspired Belmont to fashion its motto as “The City of Diversified Textiles.”

But that day ended with the dawn of a new century…

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