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Location DB > United States > North Carolina > Bynum > Bynum Manufacturing Company
Bynum Manufacturing Company
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created by pezking4 on 11/13/2007 6:41 PM
last modified by pezking4 on 11/13/2007 7:00 PM
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Whats left after the last fire are a few brick and concrete structures with water flowing beneath the main building. A one lane bridge crosses the river nearby.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

Bynum, North Carolina
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • water
  •  Interesting Features
    Part of the main remaining building is sealed off and the low hum of electricity can be heard from inside. An old wooden bridge sits over a small creek just next to the decommissioned Bynum bridge. Bynum dam is located upstream just passed the new 15-501 bridge.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1872
    Closed: 1986
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    In 1779, Luke Bynum bought land upon which to build a gristmill and covered bridge. In 1872, the Bynum Manufacturing Co built a textile mill for weaving cotton cloth, while continuing to run the gristmill. The commonly accepted territory of Bynum includes the area immediately off of Bynum Road. The town grew up around the mill, which was set on the Haw River. Originally, the company built 14 cotton mill houses available for rent to its employees. As the mill grew, the town grew and became a vibrant community. In the 1930’s there were five stores, a movie theater, and a high school in Bynum. The mill burned down in 1916, but was soon rebuilt. In 1922, electricity was installed and 29 more mill houses built (total of about 40 houses for workers). The textile mill was alternately operated under the name Odell Manufacturing Company. The mill closed operations in 1986. An additional fire occurred around 2000 leaving only a few remaining buildings. The old Bynum bridge was built in 1923 and closed to traffic in 1999. The one lane bridge is only open to foot traffic now and the new 15-501 bridge (1000 ft upstream) completely bypasses the small town now leaving a mostly dead neighborhood except for a few remaining locals.
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     Future Plans
    It will continue to be taken over by nature. Carolina Power & Light has some sort of activity within one of the buildings.

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    Gallery 1
    Thu, Nov 15th, 2007
    posted by pezking4
    24 pictures
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    Gallery 2
    Thu, Nov 15th, 2007
    posted by pezking4
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    Gallery 3
    Fri, Jan 4th, 2008
    posted by pezking4
    12 pictures
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    Quick rainy visit
    Mon, Apr 7th, 2008
    posted by DarrenCax
    9 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 4/12/2008 12:25 AM.

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  • on Apr 12 08 at 0:25, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Apr 7 08 at 20:51, DarrenCax updated gallery picture 10(1).jpg
  • on Apr 7 08 at 20:50, DarrenCax deleted 1 pictures from gallery Quick rainy visit
  • on Apr 7 08 at 20:48, DarrenCax added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Apr 7 08 at 20:45, DarrenCax created a new gallery
  • on Jan 4 08 at 18:55, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jan 4 08 at 2:40, pezking4 updated gallery Gallery 3
  • on Jan 4 08 at 2:38, pezking4 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jan 4 08 at 2:33, pezking4 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jan 4 08 at 2:29, pezking4 updated gallery Gallery 3
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