Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Inferno That Was Candy Lane

In 2010, Gossips did a post about this building, the identity of which had puzzled me but which longtime Hudsonians knew to be the Knauss Brothers mushroom factory, later Candy Lane, where giant spiral lollipops and all manner of candy was manufactured.

The building, located on the southwest corner of Columbia and Second streets, where Providence Hall now stands, burned in a spectacular fire in 1979. At the time, it was abandoned, and the story is that the fire was started by kids playing with matches on the loading dock. 

Yesterday John Cody shared these pictures he had taken of the fire and gave permission for them to be published on The Gossips of Rivertown.


  1. How very tragic. Imagine if we still had that building--?

  2. Carole,
    You're amazing. To bring all of this information to us. Thanks
    BTW, nice prison website. I'd like to know more about the prison, and see if we can't turn it into something better for the community.

  3. Tortillaville, every effort on the part of the local government is endlessly expended to keep the prison open, exactly as is.

    The only way you'll see the prison turned into something better for the community -- or something other than what it is -- is to get the Governor to close it, over the objection of (effectively) all local officials.

    -- Jock Spivy

  4. I remember the day Candy Lane burned to the ground -- it was an epic fire. Cars parked nearby were literally melting.

    As for the discussion above about the prison, I've thought for years that it would make a great campus for a technology company. Imagine what that could do for the local economy,,,

  5. this fire was epic,i was standing just below second on columbia st,i was 4 years old,,it was my first rush of every emotion imaginable,the blaze seemed to be alive,,,and angry.

  6. I was 7 years old when the fire broke out. Standing on the porch at my residence of 30 union street. The ashes came over and was melting the siding of the building. I'll never forget that day.