If your ancestors were involved in the textile trade in the USA or Canada in the late nineteenth century they may well be listed in this extensive trade directory which lists all existing and proposed mills for the two countries.
The Blue Book, Textile Directory contains listings for all mills in the United States and Canada.
The listings and advertisements cover the whole manufacturing process of cotton, wool, silk, and dyestuffs.
The mills are listed by town, the directory also lists the county, and the population of the area.
While the level of information varies the following are usually recorded for each mill:
Sections of interest
From image 474 A list of Railroads for United States & Canada, listing their terminal points, this acts as a key to the RR entry for each mill.
From image 491 are a series of state, railroad and city maps, some specially commissioned to show towns mentioned in the directory.