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Terrible fire in 1849 Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania...

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July 18, 1849


* The Great Mauch Chunk (Jim Thorpe) fire

The front page has an article headed: "Destructive Fire In Mauch Chunk" which devastated this small town, noting in part: "...very destructive & calamitous fire broke out in Mauch Chunk...in the most flourishing & business portion of the town...At least thirty houses...have been reduced to ashes. The following is a list of the sufferers..." and what follows is a lengthy list of the various business and establishments which were destroyed including several owned by Judge Asa Packer. Listed as well is the "Eagle Hotel" which was reconstructed and exists today as "The Inn at Jim Thorpe".
The town of Mauch Chunk is known today as Jim Thorpe, named after the famous athlete and Olympian.
Complete in 4 pages, and is in very nice and clean condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War