The California Cotton Mills

November 25, 1909
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The first truckload of goods made from Imperial Valley cotton
The California Cotton Mills was organized in 1883 as the only cotton mill west of Chicago. The company employed about 700. The mill manufactured a large variety of good including table cloths, comforters and canvas. The buildings in this photo were replaced in 1917 with one that still stands on the east side of  the Nimitz Freeway (880) near the 23rd Avenue exit. This photo taken Nov. 25, 1909, shows the first truckload shipment of goods made from Imperial Valley cotton.