Klotz Throwing Company in Lonaconing, Maryland

The Klotz Throwing Company, nestled in the mountains of western Maryland, was a silk mill that once employed about 300 workers full-time before shuttering in 1957. Miraculously, the factory remains eerily untouched: Worker cubbies still hold shoes, combs, tins of Noxema, and empty jars of apple butter from lunch breaks gone by.

Like much of the Appalachian region's heavy industry, the silk mill business in Maryland has seen better days. The Klotz Throwing Company was once a major employer...

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