Evolved from its mill town past, this youthful district now inspires creative industries for young professionals and entrepreneurs, with craft beer breweries, design firms, galleries and more.
In the mid 1800s, the nation’s first gold rush hit Uptown and the south end became an extension of the Uptown gold mining district. In 1893, when Daniel Augustus Tompkins opened Atherton Cotton Mill, flour mills and more followed, making South End the city’s first industrial park. Today, that hearty mill town past is still at the heart of this district—the cotton mills now serve as galleries, furniture studios and trendy housing. The LYNX Blue Line light rail makes commuting to Uptown and back easy, and the historic mixed with modern neighborhood is now a creative culinary and cultural mecca.