Seattle in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Start of Seattle Fire Site
started here on
June 6, 1889
This tablet was placed
of the Seattle Volunteer Fire Department
Erected by The Survivors of the Seattle Volunteer Fire Department.
Location. 47° 36.271′ N, 122° 20.177′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Madison Street, on the right when traveling south on 1st Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 909 1st Avenue, Seattle WA 98104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Post Office in Seattle (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexis Hotel / Globe Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Beebe Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Colman Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Holyoke Building (about 300 feet away); Burke Building Remnants (about 400 feet away); Exchange Building (about 400 feet away); Grand Pacific Hotel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
Also see . . .
1. Great Seattle Fire (Wikipedia). The Great Seattle Fire was a fire that destroyed the entire central business district of Seattle, Washington, on June 6, 1889. The fire burned for several hours, destroying 25 blocks and causing as much as $20 million in damage ($527 million in today's dollars). As a result of the fire, streets in the Pioneer Square neighborhood in Seattle were elevated 22 feet (6.7 m) above the pre-fire street level and new buildings made of wood were banned. (Submitted on November 15, 2016.)
2. Seattle burns down in the Great Fire on June 6, 1889 (HistoryLink.org, Walt Crowley). At about 2:30 p.m. on June 6, 1889, a pot of glue bursts into flames in Victor Clairmont's basement cabinet shop at the corner of Front (1st Avenue) and Madison streets. Efforts to contain the fire fail and it quickly engulfs the wood-frame building. Thanks to a dry spring and a brisk wind, the flames spread, and volunteer firefighters tap out the town's inadequate, privately owned watermains. By sunset, some 64 acres lie in smoldering ruins. This event is known as Seattle's Great Fire. (Submitted on November 15, 2016.)
3. The Great Seattle Fire of 1889 (Seattle Municipal Archives). (Submitted on November 15, 2016.)
Categories. • Disasters •
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