Fire destroys vacant rope factory in Xenia
- The Hooven & Allison factory burned today - again. This is the
second fire since the factory closed in 2004.
A gallery of photos from today's fire: http://
The H&A made rope and twine in Xenia for 135 years. My ancestors
helped start it in 1869. It was the largest, and longest-lasting, of
six rope factories in Xenia.
The factory is the subject of the documentary, Ropewalk: A Cordage
Engineer's Journey Through History. Many photos from inside the plant
are posted in the galleries at http://www.StoryOfRope.org
"Hearts & Stars" is a vintage film that is on the DVD and the website
- all shot inside the H&A in the 1940's.
The property has been pretty much a disaster area since the first
fire in 2005. I can't guess what will happen to it now.