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Alison K. Hoagland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665662

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665662.001.0001

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Churches, Schools, Bathhouses

Churches, Schools, Bathhouses

Building Community on Company Land

(p.162) 5 Churches, Schools, Bathhouses
Mine Towns

Alison K. Hoagland

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the institutional buildings that companies provided or facilitated: churches, libraries, bathhouses, schools, hospitals, and office buildings. These buildings provided amenities rather than necessities, and were associated with the central hub of the company. The company-sponsored institutions, in particular, were not one-way gifts, but rather the product of negotiations. Companies were involved to varying extents in these places and organizations, helping to create viable communities but inevitably influencing them as well. Company office buildings, too, where men collected their paychecks, performed an important role of presenting the company to the community. Not all institutions achieved universal utility, however; some members of the community would inevitably be crippled in their access to these amenities due to being, for example, illiterate. Yet some institutions—such as the schools—did gain widespread use, creating shared experiences between members of the community, as they were intended to.

Keywords:   institutional buildings, churches, libraries, bathhouses, schools, hospitals, office buildings, shared experiences, community

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