Woolen Mill at Palmer Falls (n.d.)
Only Thomas Brown, a trustee of the Palmer Water Power Company, operated an industry on one of the mill sites at the Falls with a woolen mill and edge tool factory that he started around 1866. Other mill sites described in the Company's prospectus remained unsold and unleased. A revised Company map shows that by 1869 development plans of the Company had been sharply scaled back.
The most remarkable
aspect of the Palmer Water Power Company's original vision
was its plan for an industrial community adjacent to the factory
sites at Hadley's Falls. The map that was drawn by Captain
L.M. Wright, an engineer from Niagra Falls and one of the
Company's four trustees, featured a fully plotted community
that stretched across nearly 700 acres of the undeveloped,
eastern part of the Village of Jessup's Landing. The plan
included a public park and hotel grounds above the River's
palisades, an outdoor market place and small building lots
reserved specifically for workers' homes, churches, town hall
and a school. An appealing component of the plan must have
been the proposed railroad that would have pased through the
center of the village.
Inherent in the plan was the expectation
that industrial development below Hadley's Falls would shift
the locus of the community's public life from its present
upriver commercial center to an area surrounding a planned
public park that included a pond and fountains. Just as the
revised 1869 Company map showed significantly more modest
expectations for industrial development at the Falls, it also
eliminated the public features of the 1858 plan. Nonetheless,
at some point after 1870 the Town of Corinth adopted the Company's
residential plan for the undeveloped section of the village
to serve as its own vision for future community development.
The formation of the Hudson River Pulp Company in 1869 and
its establishment of pulp and paper manfuacturing at the Falls
put an end to Beriah Palmer's plan for a multi-industry community
on the Hudson River at Jessup's Landing.