This building was the first silk mill in Belding. It was built by the Belding Brothers in 1886 and then immediately sold. Belding Bros & Co reacquired in 1907. Like all of the silk mills in Belding it was closed by 1932. I'm not sure what it did for the next 50 years, but in 1986 it was redeveloped into the Silk Mill Apartments. Today it's called Flats on the River.
Beld Brothers thread ad, late 19th century Advertising card for Beld Brothers thread: "Belding Bros. and Co. Fire Escape. Sold Everywhere." Advertising card by Gugler Lith Company, late 19th century. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints Collections. Advertising. n39446.