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The present-day neighborhoods of Optimist Park, Belmont, Villa Heights and NoDa were at the epicenter of this textile boom. The construction of mills and numerous mill villages transformed farm land into thriving, working-class communities anchored by hubs of industry. With seven intact mills—all built between 1889 and 1940—the Mill District is a living reminder that the ingenuity of a few can shape the future of many.
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