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New Iberia in Iberia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Great Fire

Circa 1899

 
 
The Great Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
April 1, 2010
1. The Great Fire Marker
Inscription. About 6:00 PM, October 10, 1899, fire started in a warehouse just east of here. Within minutes, the surrounding buildings were ablaze. The entire square, from Julia to Iberia Streets and from Main to St. Peter Streets burned before midnight. Only the heroic efforts of the fire companies of New Iberia, Jeanerette and St. Martinville saved the remainder of the business district. Nevertheless, over fifty percent of New Iberia's enterprises were destroyed by the fire. Most of the buildings now standing on this block arose from the ashes of that disaster.
 
Erected 2008 by Iberia Cultural Resources Association.
 
Location. 30° 0.318′ N, 91° 49.076′ W. Marker is in New Iberia, Louisiana, in Iberia Parish. Marker is at the intersection of East Main St. (Louisiana Route 182) and Bridge Street (Louisiana Route 86), on the left when traveling west on East Main St.. Click for map. Mounted on east side of Worsmer's Store. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 East Main Street, New Iberia LA 70560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William G. "Bunk" Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dreyfus Building (within shouting distance of this marker);
The Great Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
April 1, 2010
2. The Great Fire Marker
The Steamboat Era (within shouting distance of this marker); Segura - Labourgeois Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Murray Building (about 400 feet away); Lieutenant Colonel Francisco Bouligny (about 600 feet away); The United States Post Office - Circa 1903 (about 600 feet away); Mt. Carmel Academy (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New Iberia.
 
More about this marker. One of twenty-one trilingual historical markers (Spanish, French and English) located throughout New Iberia.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Worsmer's Store (Marker is attached to building) image. Click for full size.
April 1, 2010
3. Worsmer's Store (Marker is attached to building)
 
 
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