Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Great Salem Fire of 1914

Quoting Salem State University about the Great Salem Fire of 1914:
    On June 25, 1914 fire broke out in the Korn leather factory at 57 Boston Street in Salem and was quickly carried by high winds across the city. By dawn the next morning the blaze had finally been quenched, but much of Salem lay in ruins. Single houses, apartment blocks, tenements, shoe and leather factories, and the Naumkeag Steam Cotton Mill had been consumed by the flames, leaving only brick chimneys standing as sentinels across the cityscape.
Snap of map from
salemfocus.com 
The University is sponsoring, on June 20 and 21, A Centennial Symposium (see Program) and has provided some facts related to the fire. For instance, over 1,300 buildings were burnt. 18,000 persons were displaced. It is estimated that a million came to view the fire.

The Nelson Dionne Collection of photographs (see images on Google) will be on display during the Symposium.

The map shows the extent of the fire which started in the industrial district (top) and ran down toward the water. Many historic buildings were threatened. The fire came right up to area of the witch house.

We will look at this further, such as paying more attention to those burnt areas using older maps.

Remarks: Modified: 06/18/2014

06/04/2014 - Nelson shared a lot of his photos with me. I will see if there is a collection that is visible on-line. In the meantime, the list of photos shown by Google tells a whole lot.

06/18/2014 -- Reminder at Creative Salem.


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