Cliffside: Portrait of a Carolina Mill Town

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Cliffside was a model town, lauded and envied like few others of its kind. It was the dream of its founder, Raleigh Rutherford Haynes, a home-grown tycoon who created an entire industry along the Second Broad River in Rutherford County. More than a town, Cliffside was a way of life. It was a society shaped by Haynes's respect and concern for his workers and neighbors, by his unwavering sense of justice and fairness, and by his insatiable desire for perfection. Even now, long after his death in 1917, his legend and his principles live on in the people of this once-bustling little town. In recent decades, Cliffside, like many other mill towns in the south, has struggled to survive the decline of the textile industry. These photographs portray the gentle and loving nature of Cliffside and the generations of people who have called it home.
ISBN: 9780738541600
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author and Cliffside native Alfred Reno Bailey is a veteran writer-producer-director in radio and TV broadcasting as well as film and video production. He enjoyed a second career as a computer consultant and software developer. After retirement, Bailey founded Remember Cliffside (, an online repository of Cliffside history, memories, and photographs that has received wide acclaim for its purpose and scope.
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