St. John's in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula), Newfoundland and Labrador — The Atlantic Provinces
1892: The Great Fire
1892: Le grand incendie
Caption, top, right (English / French): During the night of July 8/9, 1892 more than 1,700 buildings in the heart of St. John’s were destroyed by fire. The blaze left 1,900 families homeless, but miraculously claimed only two lives. / Dans la nuit de 8 au 9 juillet 1892, plus de 1 700 édifices de centre-ville de St. John’s furent ravagés par le feu. La conflagration, qui laissa quelque 1 900 familles sans foyer, ne fit miraculeusement que deux victimes.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is July 8, 1870.
Location. 47° 34.196′ N, 52° 40.94′ W. Marker is in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula). Marker can be reached Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1A, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Noon Day Gun (a few steps from this marker); Swiling (within shouting distance of this marker); Fishery (within shouting distance of this marker); Ice (within shouting distance of this marker); Peacetime Use (within shouting distance of this marker); Cabot Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Signal Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Transatlantic Radio Signals (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. John's.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Saint John's overlook in Signal Hill National Historic Site.
Also see . . . The St. John's Fire of 1892 - Heritage Newfoundland. Sizeable donations also poured in from Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. Newfoundland and Labrador Governor T.N. O’Brien was vacationing in England at the time of the fire and managed to raise $113,705 in public donations; the British government also gave $72,000. A group of Newfoundland expatriates living in Boston, Massachusetts launched a successful fundraising campaign there, which earned the Fire Relief Committee an additional $16,000. (Submitted on November 20, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 20, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.