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Belfast in Waldo County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Great Conflagration

 

—The Museum in the Streets —

 
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By James True, May 29, 2012
1. The Great Conflagration Marker
Inscription. Belfast artist William M. Hall's drawing of the "Great Conflagration" was published in Harper's Weekly magazine a week after the fire. At 10:30 on the night of October 12, 1865 a fire that started on the waterfront rapidly spread. Despite valiant efforts by the fire department, by next morning the inferno had leveled one hundred twenty-five buildings in a twenty-acre section of downtown. The following year, the City passed an ordinance prohibiting the building of wooden structures in the downtown area. In 1873 another fire at one of the wharfs spread quickly throughout the same district burned earlier. This time, the blaze extended into the residential district as far as High Street and unfortunately caused one death.
 
Erected 2004 by The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community. (Marker Number 24.)
 
Location. 44° 25.691′ N, 69° 0.233′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Maine, in Waldo County. Marker can be reached from Front Street near Main Street. Click for map. The marker is on the southeast side of the parking lot at the City Landing. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast ME 04915, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
The Great Conflagration Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, May 29, 2012
2. The Great Conflagration Marker
of this marker. Captain Albert W. Stevens (a few steps from this marker); The Finest and the Fastest (within shouting distance of this marker); Making a Living (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Circus Comes to Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Oldest Manufacturer (approx. 0.2 miles away); Broiler Capital of the World (approx. 0.2 miles away); On this site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Windsor Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Belfast.
 
More about this marker. Marker #24 (of 30) in "The Museum in the Streets". The text on the Marker is in English, followed by a French translation.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
The Great Conflagration Marker image. Click for full size.
By James True, September 1, 2012
3. The Great Conflagration Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James True of Newark, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by James True of Newark, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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