Bona Allen Shoe and Horse Collar Factory

554 W. Main St., Buford, Georgia


Mr. Allen Sr. became one of the wealthiest men in the Southeast with his company, Bona Allen, Inc. which manufactured everything from horse saddles to shoes & boots. They were best known for their superior saddles and bridles. Their clientele included such noted celebrities as William Cody and Roy Rogersí horse, Trigger.

Bona Allen, Inc. also had a pennant winning semi-pro baseball team. The Shoemakers won the National Semi-Pro Championship in 1938. In 1944, 3 of its players were named to the Semi-Pro Hall of Fame

Photo taken by pam phillips in November 2015



Street View 

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 3, 2005
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Early 20th Cent. Industrial
Areas of significance
Industry; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Manufacturing facility
Current function
Specialty store
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1905; 1919; 1943
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3
Non-contributing buildings: 3

Update Log 

  • July 31, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • November 7, 2015: New photos from pam phillips