Carhartt is known across the world as a producer of high-quality workers’ clothing. The business was founded over 120 years ago to provide railroad workers and other laborers with strengthened overalls made with high-grade materials. For many of these years, a great deal of those garments were manufactured right here in Corktown.
Hamilton Brakeman Carhartt was born in Macedon Locks, New York, on August 27, 1855. He was raised in Jackson, Michigan, on December 21 where he wedded Annette Welling, 1881. That they had three children: Hamilton Jr., Wylie, and Margaret. After moving to Grand Rapids, Hamilton Carhartt proceeded to go into business along with his father-in-law, Stephen Alling Welling, in 1882. Two years the family shifted to Detroit later, where Welling & Carhartt managed as a gentlemen’s furnishing wholesaler.
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They later transformed their name to Hamilton Carhartt & Co. Finally, in 1889, the business converted to developing exclusively workingmen’s clothing. After changing locations at least 3 x in 3 years, the growing business finally set up its permanent manufacturing facility in Corktown. Although the building was set back from the main road by half a block, it was dealt with as 479 Michigan Avenue, on the southwest part of 10th Street. A long-standing theme of Carhartt’s advertisements has been the business’s progressive labor practices, including their fully-unionized workforce, the institution of an eight-hour workday, and even profit sharing among its employees.
The company grew rapidly at the start of the twentieth hundred years, reincorporating in 1905 as Hamilton Carhartt Manufacturer, Inc, and in 1910 as Hamilton Carhartt Cotton Mills. At that time the business possessed two natural cotton mills in SC and Georgia; factories in Atlanta, Dallas, and San Francisco; two facilities in Canada and one in Liverpool, England. As the business expanded, so do its flower in Corktown. This fine detail from the 1921 Sanborn map collection shows the extent of its growth at the right time. Like today Roll your cursor over the image to see what the same location appears.
Note that Michigan Avenue was widened in the 1930s. The individuals and horses on Michigan Avenue and Tenth Street may have been shrunk down to exaggerate the building’s size. Click the image for a larger version. THE FANTASTIC Depression devastated the Carhartt corporation. At its minimum point, only three of its facilities continued to be open up: Dallas, Atlanta, and Detroit.
By 1932, the business had transferred out of its Michigan Avenue location to a much smaller facility at 1743 Labrosse. 1743 Labrosse in 1956. This building is currently demolished. Thanks to the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library. By 1935, Carhartt got remaining Corktown all together, and relocated to 3000 East Jefferson, which is today the house of Dr Dre’s Open Pit Grill and Bait Shop.
The Carhartt family never they resided in Corktown. Hamilton Carhartt preferred Brush Park and East Jefferson and eventually moved to Rock Hill, SC. His sons Hamilton Jr. and Wylie resided in the Grosse Pointes. On May 10, 1937, Hamilton Carhartt and his wife Annette suffered fatal injuries in a car accident.
Mrs. Day Carhartt died that same, accompanied by her husband on, may 12. Their remains were interred at Woodmere Cemetery in southwest Detroit. Ownership of the business dropped into the hands of their sons. Carhartt, Inc. today remains family-owned to. The following photograph, dated May 1, 1940, shows the entry to Carhartt’s first Corktown plant at 1605 Michigan Ave. A broken windows suggests that the building, vacant for eight years by that true point, was already decrepit.