601 West Main Street
City Directories and History: The Rock Hill Record reported on June 15, 1908 – “The Harriss Mill is nearly finished. Equipment is now being installed. The product of the mill will be: cotton yarns, collar pads, and novelties. The capital stock is $50,000., and W.H. Harriss is president.
The Rock Hill Record reported on Dec. 14, 908 – “Reported on proposals on use of Chain Gangs. One proposal was the extend West Main Street from the Harriss Manufacturing Co., and open up a new road from the end of that road to Yorkville.)
The Herald reported on June 18, 1925 – “Within recent weeks, practically all the cotton mills in Rock Hill has suspended or reduced work, but the mill workers are optimistic on the outlook. Aragon and Arcade are both shirting manufacturers and are on full schedules. Wymojo Mill is on a three day a week schedule. Industrial Mill is on a four day week schedule, Carhartt on a three day schedule after suspending operations. The gingham manufacturing is running full-time this week but the schedule is indefinite. Harris Mill (Victoria #2) runs with Victoria’s schedule and Helen Mill runs with Wymojo.”
The Rock Hill Body Company building is significant for its association with the early development of the textile industry in Rock Hill and also for its association with the important automotive manufacturing business of Rock Hill. The Rock Hill Body Company is a two-story brick industrial building built ca. 1915 as a textile mill (Victoria Yarn Mill #2) and was the home of the Rock Hill Body Company from 1938 to 1986. The Rock Hill Body Company became one of the earliest makers of truck bodies and school bus bodies in South Carolina and for many years was one of the largest producers in the Southeast. Changes to the building after its purchase by the Rock Hill Body Company include a one-story office addition on the facade, an elevator tower addition on the rear, and the original flat roof has been replaced with a metal roof structure with a gradual slope from a center ridgeline. Listed in the National Register March 6, 2008.
View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property. Courtesy of the SC Dept. of Archives and History
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