Seneca Falls in Seneca County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Historic Business District
Early morning July 30, 1890
Alarms howl, waking the whole village. Flames roar down Fall Street, fanned by a stiff breeze. A choking black smoke billows across the canal. Jets of water hiss from hoses bristling from a dozen horse—drawn, steam-powered fire engines, as fire-fighters desperately battle the fierce blaze. But when the wind suddenly whips the flames across Fall Street, they drop their hoses and run for their lives.
After many exhausting hours, the fire is finally under control, but not before it has devoured eighty-seven businesses and left much of Fall and State Streets in ruins. Seneca Falls will have to rebuild its downtown business district yet again, just as it did after devastating fires in 1859 and 1873.
Despite vast losses, Seneca Falls’ merchants quickly reinvested in the village’s future, erecting elegant new brick buildings and reopening the shops, offices, hotels and taverns wiped out by the awful ”conflagration." Today, these 1890s buildings are home to many Seneca Falls businesses, as are the blocks constructed on lower Fall Street in the 1860s after the terrible 1859 fire.
In the 1970s, a new concern about the future of Fall Street led downtown business people and local government to join in yet another rebuilding of the central business district.
Location. 42° 54.629′ N, 76° 47.961′ W. Marker is in Seneca Falls, New York, in Seneca County. Marker is on Fall Street just west of Water Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seneca Falls NY 13148, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (here, next to this marker); First Convention For Woman’s Rights (within shouting distance of this marker); First Woman’s Rights Convention (within shouting distance of this marker); Onward to the Vote (within shouting distance of this marker); A Courageous Call for Equal Rights (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Lighthouse (within Women's Rights National Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Village of Seneca Falls (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca Falls.
Categories. • Disasters • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 14, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 14, 2013, by Yugoboy of Rochester, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.