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Looking back: No one got lost

No Cannon Mills employees ever got lost as long as they had a map like this, which was routinely distributed to those whose work took them to different areas in the mill complex. Some of the employees, such as an electrician, might have to work anywhere in that complex, so all of them had maps and rode mechanized carts with all their tools and other things they might need to do whatever they had to do.

This map, says Norris Dearmon, well-known Kannapolis historian, is an early version, but they continued to update — and use — the maps until the mill was torn down.

The map shows all the mills and buildings, as well as the lake and the YMCA and how to get anywhere in the complex that might need help — the old distribution center, for example, or even First Baptist Church which was nearby, and the medical department. What’s more, it showed where all the gates and doors were so employees couldn’t ever get lost.

Correction: Last week’s Looking Back picture of Black’s Drug failed to say Bonner Brevard Black, a pharmacist known as “BB,” owned five drug stores, all called Black’s except one, which was called Black’s Walgreen. He was also instrumental in getting a drug store in Hickory and was its proprietor.

For Looking Back information or to submit a picture, contact Rose Post at 704-797-4251 or rpost@salisburypost.-com.

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