Boston, 1872.

Milk St. opposite post office. Destruction after the Great Boston Fire of 1872.

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Milk St. opposite post office. Destruction after the Great fire of Boston.

On this day: Great Boston Fire of 1872

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The Great Boston Fire occurred on the 9th of November, 1872 and destroyed 65 acres of the city. It is thought at least thirty people died, but as with anything from that time, it’s hard to have an exact figure.

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The fire began at 7:20pm in the basement of a warehouse. A number of things contributed to the enormous destruction – everything from poor building regulations to a flu that put many of the fire department’s horses (horse firefighters – heh!) out of action.

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There is a huge amount of information on that oh-so reliable source Wikipedia. Actually, jokes aside, Wikipedia is pretty good with this kind of stuff.