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Boyertown in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rhoads Opera House Fire

 
 
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1. Rhoads Opera House Fire Marker
Inscription. A disastrous fire destroyed the theater that stood at Philadelphia Ave. & Washington St. On Jan. 13 1908. It claimed 170 Victims, many buried here, due to overcrowding, poorly designed and unmarked exits, and inadequate fire escapes. The tragedy prompted the Pa. General Assembly to enact fire safety laws and improve construction and inspection standards, making public buildings safer and influencing similar legislation in other states.
 
Erected 2008 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 20.08′ N, 75° 38.552′ W. Marker is in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker is on W. Philadelphia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at Fairview Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Boyertown PA 19512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jeremiah Sweinhart and Successors (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carl A. Spaatz (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boyertown Burial Casket Company (approx. mile away); Colebrookdale Furnace (approx. one mile away); Hanover Lutheran Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Falkner Swamp Reformed Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Thomas Rutter (approx. 4.9 miles away); Goshenhoppen (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boyertown.
 
Also see . . .  Rhoads Opera House Fire. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on November 30, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2011, by Vicki Raifsnider of Robesonia, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 43 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 9, 2011, by Vicki Raifsnider of Robesonia, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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