Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Great Baltimore Fire
On Sunday morning, February 7, 1904, a spark ignited blankets and cotton goods in the firm of John E. Hurst and Company, which stood between Hopkins Place and Liberty on the south side of German (now Redwood) Street. Flames leapt out of control from building to building due to high winds. A total of 1,231 fireman and 400 volunteers sprayed 20 million gallons of water on the flames. By the time the fire was under control on Monday evening, it had consumed 1,500 buildings over approximately 140 acres. Many people sustained substantial material loss. Damage was estimated to be more than 125 million dollars. Miraculously, however, there were no serious injuries and only one reported fatality.
The leaders of Baltimore decided to use this disaster as an opportunity to improve their city and make it more appealing. As a result of careful and thoughtful planning, civic leaders created a thriving, modern port city with wider streets, more efficient docks, an improved sewer system, and sturdy masonry and steel buildings.
Topics. This historical Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is February 7, 1861.
Location. 39° 16.997′ N, 76° 36.707′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in the Inner Harbor. Marker is on Light Street (Maryland Route 2). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltimore’s Maritime Heritage (a few steps from this marker); Pride of Baltimore (within shouting distance of this marker); Admiral Guillermo Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); Baltimore Turns the Tide (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A History of Firsts in Baltimore (about 400 feet away); Adventure Begins at the Bay's Front Door (about 400 feet away); Baltimore’s Part in Saving the Bay (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Baltimore’s Maritime Heritage (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Also see . . .
1. Great Baltimore Fire. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on January 31, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, more than 110 years later. Baltimore Sun website entry (Submitted on January 31, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2023. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,395 times since then and 192 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week February 2, 2014. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 12, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 3. submitted on September 24, 2015. 4, 5. submitted on May 21, 2008, by Tabitha Preast of Hanover, Maryland. 6. submitted on September 21, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.