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It might not look like it now, but in its heyday Johnston Mill was one of the busiest mills in Charlotte.

Built in 1916 by textile magnate C. W. Johnston to meet the growing demand for cotton goods like uniforms and bandages for the troops fighting in World War I, the mill was one of the last mills built in Mecklenburg County. Part of the mill was built on the land of the existing Mecklenburg Mill; when the entire site was completed it had 12,000 spindles making cotton. The existence of other mills in the area meant there were already mill houses and stores nearby, so no mill village was built dedicated to the Johnston Mill. The mill continued to prosper after the war and, in 1926, the complex underwent a significant expansion. The Johnston family ran the mill until 1975 (after C. W. Johnston retired in 1938, his son, R. Horace Johnston, took over and was succeeded by his son, David R. Johnston, in 1951). The Johnston Memorial YMCA (located at 3025 N. Davidson St.) was erected in honor of C. W. Johnston. The mill was used as a storage facility for a brief period in the 1980s then remained unused until it was converted into an apartment complex in the 1990s. The two-story building retains its brick facade, oversized multi-paned windows, and the painted Johnston Mill sign over the front door.

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