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Baltimore's Great Fire

 
 
Baltimore's Great Fire Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 24, 2008
1. Baltimore's Great Fire Marker
Inscription.

Started 10-48 A.M.
February 7 1904
Under control 11-30 A.M.
February 8 1904
Property destroyed - $100 000 000
Insurance paid - $32 000 000
Acres covered - 140
Lives lost - none

Beginning at Liberty and German Streets the fire swept north to Fayette Street east to Jones Falls south to the harbor. It was one of the most destructive conflagrations in the worlds history.
 
Location. 39° 17.349′ N, 76° 36.4′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Water Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fish Market (here, next to this marker); Baltimore Police Department (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 9 North Front Street (about 600 feet away); Carroll Mansion (about 600 feet away); In Memorial (about 700 feet away); Phoenix Shot Tower (about 700 feet away); First Baptist Church, Baltimore (about 700 feet away); St. Vincent de Paul Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyDisasters
 
Centre Market Commission marker Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 24, 2008
2. Centre Market Commission marker
The old Centre Market Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 24, 2008
3. The old Centre Market
The fire marker is to the left of the doors.
Baltimore Fire Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, September 5, 2015
4. Baltimore Fire
This eye-witness painting of the Baltimore Fire by Theobald Chartran hangs in the Maryland Historical Society Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The signature block reads: T. Chartran, Baltimore, Sunday night Feb 7 1904.

“This impressionistic scene depicts a birds-eye view of the Baltimore fire of February 7, 1904. Chartran, a French artist, was best known for his portraits of famous Europeans and Americans, including Cardinal Gibbons, and his work for the magazine, Vanity Fair. He is said to have almost lost his life while painting the fire, working in dangerous proximity to the disaster in order to capture the terror of the destruction.” — Maryland Historical Society
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,919 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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