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Conroe in Montgomery County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Conroe Fire of 1911

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, May 13, 2018
1. Conroe Fire of 1911 Marker
Inscription. On February 21, 1911 around 1:30 in the morning, a fire broke out in the Capitol Drug Store on Chambers (today North Main) Street. The blaze was well underway before it was discovered and northerly winds began sweeping the flames southeastward toward the railroad tracks. The volunteer fire department had only one hose cart which was pulled by hand to fight the inferno and the lack of water pressure led to the fight being called off. The post office, meat market, saloon, grocery store and Masonic lodge were among the businesses caught in the path of the fire as well as the homes of their owners who lived above their stores. Sixty-five buildings, store inventories and personal belongings were lost that early February morning, costing an estimated total of $150,000, over 3.5 million dollars in today's money.

The following business day, the city council created an ordinance requiring buildings to have "fire proof" materials protecting the wooden structures. A year later, the city council voted to amend the ordinance to require buildings to be constructed out of brick and stone. The 1911 fire in downtown Conroe and the prompt response to its destruction by Conroe residents reflected the resilience of Texans as they settled, struggled and prospered in southeast Texas. Despite the tragedy caused by the fire, the resurrection of stately

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By Brian Anderson, May 13, 2018
2. Conroe Fire of 1911 Marker
brick business buildings provides current city visitors with a picture of a bygone era with buildings over a century in age. It further echoes the town's nickname, "The town that faith built!"
 
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17662.)
 
Location. 30° 18.703′ N, 95° 27.434′ W. Marker is in Conroe, Texas, in Montgomery County. Marker is on North Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the courthouse grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 North Main Street, Conroe TX 77301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Montgomery County Courthouses (within shouting distance of this marker); Conroe Telephone Exchange (within shouting distance of this marker); Conroe (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Isaac Conroe Property (approx. 0.2 miles away); Former Homesite of Joseph L. Bennett (approx. 12.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Capitol Drug Store image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, May 13, 2018
3. Capitol Drug Store
The Conroe Fire of 1911 began in the Capitol Drug Store.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 13, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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