The Great Bellows Falls Fire – Bellows Falls, Vermont – March 26, 1912

WHAT: City/Building Fire WHEN: March 26, 1912 WHERE: Bellows Falls, Vermont FATALITIES: Zero dead – three building and numerous businesses were destroyed What proved to be the most disastrous fire as far as loss of property was concerned, that ever visited Bellows Falls, broke out Tuesday morning at 2 o’clock, and before It was extinguished,…

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The Ambassador Hotel – Kansas City, Missouri

Broadway at 36th Kansas City, Missouri Air Conditioned – Rooms & Apartments – Meeting Rooms – Roof Garden We are proud of our Colony Dining Room and Cocktail Lounge – one of the most unique in the Middlewest – Where Dining in an art

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Gulf Hotel Fire – September 7, 1943

Fifty-five men, many of them elderly and living off government relief, died in the early morning of September 7, 1943 in the worst hotel fire in Houston, Texas history. The fire started around 12:10 a.m. the front desk clerk was alerted to a problem on the second floor. A lit cigarette inadvertently caused a mattress…

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Hope To Get as Brown as a Berry

Mailed from Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania to Mr. Dan L. Mohnkern of Oil City, Pennsylvania on August 26, 1952: Dear Dan, Having a swell time. We are staying at the Lakeside, and the food is wonderful. The swimming is good but the water is quite chilly. There are many sail boats here, and one which we…

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The Burning of the Iroquois Hotel – Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

CITY IN RUINS WHAT: Hotel Fire WHEN: March 12, 1907 WHERE: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan CASUALTIES: Zero. The hotel was totally destroyed While not a fire that resulted in any loss of life, the Iroquois Hotel fire of 1907 is fascinating to me. The postcard above was mailed the very same day that the hotel…

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The Newhall House Fire – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

WHAT: Hotel fire WHEN: January 10, 1883 WHERE: Milwaukee, Wisconsin FATALITIES: At least 74, maybe as many as 90 The Newhall House was built by a group led buy Daniel Newhall. It was opened to the public on August 26th, 1857. The building was made of Milwaukee Brick and occupied the corner Broadway and Michigan Streets in downtown Milwaukee.…

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Marlborough Hotel Fire – January 3, 1940

On the incredibly cold morning of January 3, 1940, just before dawn, a fire caused by a lit cigarette thrown down a garbage chute ravaged the Marlborough Apartment Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The cigarette has probably been smoldering for hours before finally catching fire and eventually blew out of the garbage chute, causing a heat explosion…

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Oliver Hotel – South Bend, Indiana

“The Best and Most Magnificent Hotel in Indiana, one of the finest in the United States, and the Best In Any City of 40,000 Inhabitants in the World.“ James Oliver, one of America’s most influential inventors and industrialists was born on August 28, 1823, to George Oliver, a shepherd, and Elizabeth Irving, his wife, in…

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Kerns Hotel Fire – December 11, 1934

  Around 5:30 a.m. on the morning of December 11, 1934 a fire broke out at the Kerns Hotel in Lansing, Michigan. The hotel, built in 1909, was four stories tall and originally contained 162 rooms at a cost of over $50,000. The hotel was a very popular place in Lansing. Communities members and state politicians enjoyed…

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