“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salisbury in Wicomico County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Great Salisbury Fire

The Great Salisbury Fire Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2013
1. The Great Salisbury Fire Marker
Inscription. On October 17, 1886 a small fire was discovered at Toadvine's Livery Stable on Dock Street, now Market Street. Fire spread very rapidly and eventually consumed 200 buildings including most of the commerical district. Soon after the fire began, Salisbury requested assistance from the other towns on the shore. Crisfield, Pokomoke City and Wilminton loaded their fire department steamers on special railroad trains and sent them to Salisbury's aid. The fire was brought under control on October 18, 1886, 17 hours after it began. Twenty-two acres in the center of Salisbury were consumed and only through the valiant efforts of the neighboring towns was the present county courthouse saved.
Erected by Tony Tank Tribe 149 of the Improved Order of Red Men, Salisbury Fire Department, Firemen's Historical Foundation of Delmarva.
Location. 38° 21.931′ N, 75° 36.032′ W. Marker is in Salisbury, Maryland, in Wicomico County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Division Street, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in front of the courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Salisbury MD 21801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker.
The Great Salisbury Fire Marker Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, November 3, 2007
2. The Great Salisbury Fire Marker
Gen. John Henry Winder, C.S.A. (here, next to this marker); Historic Byrd Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); The General Humphreys Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Wye Oak Seedling (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Peter's Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wicomico Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Newtown Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salisbury.
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Salisbury Courthouse Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, November 3, 2007
3. Salisbury Courthouse
The Great Salisbury Fire Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Pat Filippone, May 19, 2015
4. The Great Salisbury Fire Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,155 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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