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Location DB > United States > Georgia > Columbus > Bibb Mill
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Bibb Mill
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created by rotten peach on 3/2/2006 11:53 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 7/21/2021 6:33 PM
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Completely renovated, it now operates under Valley Hospitality Services as The Bibb Mill Event Center.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Repurposed
Accessibility: Easy - book event space
Recommendation: not very exciting
 Physical Information
Address
3715 1st Ave
Columbus, Georgia
United States
Owner: Valley Hospitality Services
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1900
    Closed: 1998
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     History
    Bibb Mill originally made thread. As the number of automobiles increased, the mill turned its attention to tire cord which it produced in such large quantities as "to be reckoned not in feet nor yards, but in miles." When tire manufacturers opened their own cord mills, this site converted to the manufacture of apparel fabrics, including print cloth. In the 1940s, wide looms were introduced and were used to manufacture backing for the tufting trade and to make sheeting for both bed sheets and pillow cases.

    The first section of Bibb Mill went into production in 1900 with 25,000 spindles, after the purchase of Columbus Power Company that included a spindle mill, dam, and a hydro-electric generator. In 1903, generators and water wheels were added, providing direct motive power to the machinery through a system of ropes, shafts and pulleys (This system drove the mill machinery until 1954 when the main shaft of the system broke. This massive driveshaft was never removed and is visible in several of the interior photos.) A 1915 expansion of the mill increased the number of spindles to 48,000. In 1920, the mill was again increased in size, and the number of spindles was more than doubled to 125,000.

    The complex is dominated by a massive five-story, light red brick building which is 128 feet wide and 1010 feet long (about one-fifth mile and 1.3 million square feet). This mill building was claimed to be the largest "spinning room" under one roof -it was certainly the largest textile facility in the State of Georgia, and perhaps in the entire South. The long sides (which run in a general east-west direction) have approximately 90 evenly spaced bays, all of which have been closed in. On the south side, at the center of the original mill, is a rectangular, 7-story brick tower which rises two stories above the mill.

    To the north side of the mill, near its western end, an L-shaped, one story brick weave shed (c.1910) is connected. On the east side of this building, facing the river, are six nearly square projections which rise above the weave shed. They are open in the back and originally served as exhausts for blowing out wastes.

    To the east of the weave shed are a group of five connected warehouse buildings which are laid out in a wide curve, bordering a railroad spur on its western side. The two sections closest to the mill are the oldest and were built c.1918; the other three date from c.1937. On the west side of these buildings are large openings for loading that open onto the concrete loading dock that runs the length of the buildings. Beneath it is the railroad spur.

    To the south of the mill are a group of one- and two-story buildings and electrical facilities built during the 1950s and 1960s.

    Pressures from automated weaving facilities and reduced labor costs outside the US forced the closure of the mill in 1998.

    Throughout the Bibb Manufacturing Company's life they operated 25 locations throughout GA, and a handful in VA, NC, and SC.

    1876 - Georgia Governor James Smith approved the incorporation of the Bibb Manufacturing Company.
    1898 - In 1898, Bibb merged with Macon Knitting Company, Taylor Manufacturing (near Reynolds, Ga), the Cordele Manufacturing Company, and Porterdale Mills. Stock at this point was valued at $1.4 million.
    1900 - Bibb bought the Columbus Power Company. The Columbus Power Company included a spindle mill and a dam that generated power for the mill.
    1902 - Bibb Mill Village was born including the original mill and 100 mill houses for workers.
    1920 - The mill was further expanded making the complex more than 1 million square-feet. It would become one of the largest in the South, producing more than all other Columbus mills combined.
    1940's - Due to World War II, Bibb Mill expanded further to support production of tires for the war.
    1998 - After almost a century of operation, the entire Bibb Manufacturing Company closed its doors. The last day of operation was March 20, 1998.
    2008 - Over 100 years of history was lost when the original part of the Bibb Mill, went up in flames and burnt to the ground, only leaving the front façade. A match wielding arsonist sack of donkey dicks is to blame.
    2009 - "The Gardens" were created from part of the previous Mill, creating some of Columbus’ best breathtaking views of the Chattahoochee River.
    20xx? - The Bibb Mill is completely renovated and opens as Rivermill Event Center operated by Valley Hospitality Services.
    20xx? - The name is changed to The Bibb Mill Event Center.
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    Thu, Mar 2nd, 2006
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