New Iberia in Iberia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
The Great Fire
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.
In loving memory of
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fosh and Mr. and Mrs. Justin Wormser
Iberia Cultural Resources Association 2008
Le 10 de octubre 1899 vers 18 heures, un incendie se déclara dans un entrepôt situé à l'est de cet emplacement. En l’espace de quelques minutes, les bâtiments voisins étaient en feu. Le pâté de maisons entre Julia et Ibérie, Main et St. Pierre fut entièrement détruit. Suels les efforts héroiques des pompiers d’Ibérie,
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. (State Highway 182) and Bridge Street (Route 86), on the left when traveling Touch 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. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Church Alley (here, next to this marker); Wormser's Department Store (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Church Alley (within shouting distance of this marker); William G. "Bunk" Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); James Lee Burke (within shouting distance of this marker); Provost's Café and Bar/Clementine Fine Dining and Spirits (within shouting distance of this marker); Evangeline Theater (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dreyfus Building (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map 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 •
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2015. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.