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Federal Transient Bureau Fire

 
 
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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.)
 
Location. 37° 24.719′ N, 79° 8.438′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, 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
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By Michael C. Wilcox, July 5, 2019
2. Federal Transient Bureau Fire Marker
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); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lynchburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Luke Jordan, Blues Pioneer (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the Spanish American War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mr. Elder’s Rose Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
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By Michael C. Wilcox, July 5, 2019
3. Federal Transient Bureau Fire Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2019, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2019, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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