The ongoing efforts of the Southwest Renewal Foundation and the recent opening of the long-time Winston-Salem music venue, Ziggy’s, have brought attention to High Point’s “West End.” This once-vibrant neighborhood centered around the Melrose Hosiery Mill was an alternate business district to the traditional Main Street downtown, featuring shops, cafes, grocery and drug stores, a movie theater, and a Post Office. Few people now remember these local businesses, patronized by hundreds of mill workers. Some are familiar with the nickname “Little Chicago,” attributed to this area in the 1930s, and more of us are familiar with the empty storefronts, vacant lots, and reputation for crime in the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2013, Kimberly Mozingo completed a project and exhibit at the High Point Museum on the West End for her UNC Greensboro graduate class. The exhibit on the rise and decline of the West End revealed the pride of the families who owned businesses there and a determination to restore the neighborhood’s prosperity. Her research on the neighborhood’s history created a permanent display at West End Ministries. In Part One of a two-part blog, we’ll look at the development of the West End.