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DeLand in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Wilcox Saloon

1886

 
 
Wilcox Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, August 1, 2011
1. Wilcox Saloon Marker
Inscription. "The Great Fire" occurred late at night on Sept. 27, 1886. It is thought to have started from a smouldering cigar igniting the sawdust on the floor of the Wilcox Saloon in this block. The buildings, constructed of pine, were instantly engulfed. The town had only two small chemical wagons and the water from tanks and cisterns to fight the blaze. Fire swept both sides of the Boulevard and by morning twenty-two buildings and thirty-three stores were in ashes. The city passed two ordinances: no future wood-frame buildings and no more saloons in downtown DeLand. The latter decree was lifted when prohibition was repealed in the 1930s.
 
Erected by the West Volusia Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, West Volusia Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 29° 1.703′ N, 81° 18.201′ W. Marker is in DeLand, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is on North Woodland Boulevard (U.S. 17 /92) north of New York Avenue (Florida Road 44). Click for map. The marker is in downtown DeLand, mounted on a building and facing the sidewalk. Marker is in this post office area: Deland FL 32724, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Haven Block (within
Wilcox Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, August 1, 2011
2. Wilcox Saloon Marker
Looking down Woodland Boulevard, the marker is seen to the left.
shouting distance of this marker); Miller-Fish Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Dreka Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Dreka Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); First Public Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Landis-Fish Building (within shouting distance of this marker); First Commercial Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Movie House (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in DeLand.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These nearby historical markers reference "The Great Fire".
 
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Former site of the Wilcox Saloon image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, November 26, 2011
3. Former site of the Wilcox Saloon
Where began DeLand's "Great Fire of 1886"
 
 
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