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The great Spokane, WA fire...



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August 6, 1889

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, Detroit, Michigan, August 6, 1889

* Spokane, Washington
* "The Great Fire" (1st report)


The front page has one column headings that include: "REDUCED TO ASHES", "Spokane Falls, W. T., Swept by a Destructive Fire", "Twenty-Five Business Blocks Burned Down", "A Strong Wind Aids The Progress Of The Flames" and more. See photos for 1st report coverage on the great fire at Spokane, Washington Territory.

Other news of the day. Light browning, minor margin wear, otherwise good. Should be handled with care.

wikipedia notes: Spokane's growth continued unabated until August 4, 1889, when a fire, now known as The Great Fire, began shortly after 6:00 p.m. and destroyed the city's downtown commercial district. Due to technical problems with a pump station, there was no water pressure in the city when the fire started. In an effort to impede the fire's growth, firefighters began demolishing buildings with dynamite. The fire continued despite this as the flames leaped over the cleared spaces and created their own firestorm. When volunteer firefighters attempted to quench the flames, they found their hoses were unusable. Eventually winds died down and the fire exhausted of its own accord. In the fires' aftermath, 32 blocks of Spokane's downtown were destroyed and one person was killed.

Category: Post-Civil War

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