I miss the January and Wood Company in Maysville, Kentucky. Dating to 1834, January and Wood was a cotton mill that diversified into synthetics, such as rayon and polyester, and was noted as being one of the state’s oldest businesses at the turn of the century. Its economic fortunes declined steadily in the 21st century and it was forced to close in late 2003.

By the time I was able to photograph the company in 2007, a portion of the mill had been demolished. Work had stopped earlier in the year due to the discovery of asbestos and the lack of notification to the state.

I only made one trip inside, and it’s one of those factories – like the Lonaconing Silk Mill, that I would keep coming back to if it was possible.