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The Great Fire of 1916 / Il Grande Incendio del 1916

Millbrook, New York

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The Great Fire of 1916 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, September 8, 2019
1. The Great Fire of 1916 Marker
Inscription.  
The Great Fire of 1916
In December 1916, the headline in the local newspaper ran “$100,000 Fire Sweeps Business Section of Village.” An entire block had been destroyed. Despite a well-organized bucket brigade, the fire department, with its limited equipment and inadequate water supply, could not control the fire. Shown in the smaller photo (circa 1907) are Keaver's General Store an imposing three-story structure on the corner, and the Central Hotel behind it, where the fire began. Both were destroyed in the fire, as were the Davis stable, a harness shop, and a wagonmaker's shop. Newspaper accounts describe the harrowing rescue of the panicked horses, brought out through the flames. The buildings ross the street, including the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), were miraculously spared.

Il Grande Incendio del 1916
In Dicembre 1916, il titolo nel giornale locale era "Danni Per $100,000 Nel Fuoco Che Ha Distrutto Parte Del Centro Del Villaggio." Nonostante una ben organizzata brigata del secchio, i vigili del fuoco, con il loro equipaggiamento limitato e scarsa acqua, non poterono
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controllare il fuoco. Mostrati nella foto piccola (circa 1907) sono il magazzino di Keaver, una struttura a tre piani sull'angolo, e l'Hotel Centrale, dove il fuoco iniziò. Entrambi furono distrutti, come le stalle di Davis, un negozio di finimenti, ed un fabbricante di carri. Il giornale descrive lo sconvolgente soccorso dei cavalli impazziti attraverso le fiamme. Gli edifici di fronte, incluso the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), furono miracolosamente risparmiati.
 
Erected 2014 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 14.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Millbrook, New York series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1916.
 
Location. 41° 47.102′ N, 73° 41.636′ W. Marker is in Millbrook, New York, in Dutchess County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and Franklin Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Millbrook NY 12545, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Downstreet" / Centro Città (within shouting distance of this marker); "Perfect Service and Perfect Food" / "Servizio e Cibo Perfetti" (within shouting distance of this marker); Strike Up the Band! / La Banda Musicale
The Great Fire of 1916 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, September 8, 2019
2. The Great Fire of 1916 Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Stock and For Sale / In Magazzino ed in Vendita (about 300 feet away); "Aren’t We Dressed Up Fine?" / "Come Siamo Eleganti!" (about 400 feet away); "Rough Stonework a Specialty" / "Construzioni in Pietra una Specialità" (about 400 feet away); Old Firehouse / I Vigili del Fuoco (about 400 feet away); To Honor All Those Who Served (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Millbrook.
 
Also see . . .  Village of Milbrook. (Submitted on September 25, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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