american made magazine has landed in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Just north of Boston and once referred to as the “Queen Shoe City of the World”, Haverhill sits along the banks of the mighty Merrimack River.
It was the shoe industry that first made Haverhill’s mark on the world. In 1811, 20,000 pair of shoes were being produced. By 1830, the number of pairs of shoes produced had grown to 1,500,000. In 1890, over 11,000 people were employed in the shoe industry and that number continued to grow well into the early 1900′s. Haverhill became a world leader in the shoe industry and was called the “Queen Shoe City of the World”. At the shoe industry’s peak, Haverhill had over 200 shoe establishments with a fine complement of support businesses. (http://www.haverhillusa.com/whereishaverhill.html)
Haverhill, Massachusetts, like many once flourishing American manufacturing towns, has been forced to rebuild its idenity as production of goods waned due to the competion of low cost importants, and struggling industries following both WWI and WWII. Beautiful old factory buildings have been converted into housing and retail space in the downtown area. With easy access to train service, the hope is to appeal to communters from Boston who are seeking both heritage and a village feel to call home. american made magazine is looks forward to exploring the community and surrounding area revitalization further.