February 7, 1904: The Great Baltimore Fire Begins


Photographs from the Great Baltimore Fire~
http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2014/02/great-baltimore-fire-of-1904-110-years-later/#1

1904The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 started at 10:50 a.m. on Feb. 7 and raged on until 5 p.m. the next day. It destroyed over 1,500 buildings and is the third worst fire in this country’s history (right behind the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906). Incredibly, only one life was lost as a direct result of this huge conflagration.

The panoramic photo above, from the collection of the Library of Congress, gives an idea of the complete and total devastation of downtown Baltimore. If you click on the link you will be able to see a much larger version of this image: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/pan.6a05843/

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