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Federal Transient Bureau Fire

 
 
Federal Transient Bureau Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox, July 5, 2019
1. Federal Transient Bureau Fire Marker
Inscription.  The deadliest fire in Lynchburg history occurred here at a Federal Transient Bureau shelter on 24 March 1934. The Bureau, opened by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration as part of the New Deal, housed out-of-work men passing through town during the Great Depression. The two-story building was overcrowded when an early morning kitchen fire spread rapidly and claimed the lives of at least 19 inhabitants; about 70 others were injured. The federal government returned many bodies to their families, but seven were buried locally in the Old City Cemetery. National attention was focused on Lynchburg, and federal guidelines for homeless shelters were improved as a result of this disaster.
 
Erected 2017 by Virginia Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-6-44.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 24, 1934.
 
Location. 37° 24.719′ N, 79° 8.438′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg,
Federal Transient Bureau Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox, July 5, 2019
2. Federal Transient Bureau Fire Marker
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Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of 12th Street and Church Street on 12th Street. At the Lynchburg Visitors Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 216 12th Street, Lynchburg VA 24504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lynchburg History (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lucile Barrow Turner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Diamond Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cary DeVall Langhorne (1837-1948) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lucado House (1902) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lucy Harrison Miller Baber (1908-1996) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel F. Kelso (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Federal Transient Bureau Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox, July 5, 2019
3. Federal Transient Bureau Fire Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2019, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2019, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Aug. 18, 2022