Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Thread, Cord, and Rope
To maintain shape and strength in an automobile tire, a web of belting is placed along the inside surface of the rubber. Today this tire belting is made of steel, but throughout the 1920s it was made of cotton threads woven into strong cording. The Check Factory produced this type of cord and shipped it to tire makers across the country. The factory also made thicker products called hawser rope and halyard rope for U.S. Navy ships during World War II. Hawser tied ships up to docks, and could be thicker than a man's arm. Halyard, a lightweight rope lashed cargo or raised flags.
In the 1920s fabric was used inside tires. Today, this layer is constructed of steel belting. Pictured at left is a 1920s U.S. Royal Cords tire advertisement showing a tire that used cotton cording.
Hauser rope is used to tie ships to docks. Athens Check Factory also made a smaller cotton rope called halyard for cargo nets and ladders on U.S.
Mill worker making cord and rope at Athens Check Factory.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, World II.
Location. 33° 57.476′ N, 83° 21.967′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Marker can be reached from East Broad Street east of First Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1170 E Broad St, Athens GA 30601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Mill Products (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Mill Products (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Mill Products (a few steps from this marker); Making Things in the Mill (a few steps from this marker); Chapters in Athens Heritage (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Making Things in the Mill (a few steps from this marker); The Millstone (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Making Things in the Mill (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2022, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 18, 2022, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.