Trion

The area around Trion was first settled by pioneer William Penn. The town is named for the trio of businessmen who founded Trion Factory—Andrew P. Allgood, his father-in-law Spencer S. Marsh, and Colonel William K. Briers. The history of Trion Factory—later The Trion Company, Riegel Textile and Mount Vernon Mills—is inseparable from the history of the town. Almost without interruption the company has been in production since 1846. In addition to the Allgood family from 1845 to 1912, the mill has been owned by the Benjamin D. Riegel family from 1912 to1987 and the R.B. Pamplin family since 1987.

Trion Photo Archive

A “Happy Days” scene at Trion High School in the 1950s
A “Happy Days” scene at Trion High School in the 1950s
The smokestack at Riegel in 1952.
The smokestack at Riegel in 1952.
For a brief period in the early 60s, a bowling alley was near Trion  but burned
For a brief period in the early 60s, a bowling alley was near Trion but burned
Employee badge Trion Glove Mill which employed hundreds of women from 1930s till early 1950s
Employee badge Trion Glove Mill which employed hundreds of women from 1930s till early 1950s
Inside the lab at the Riegeldale Dairy, circa 1940
Inside the lab at the Riegeldale Dairy, circa 1940
Strikers at the Trion Mill 1934
Strikers at the Trion Mill 1934