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Ruins of the June 7, 1893 Fargo fire, Fargo, N.D.
Ruins of the June 7, 1893 Fargo fire, Fargo, N.D.
TitleRuins of the June 7, 1893 Fargo fire, Fargo, N.D.
Date of Original1893-06-07
CreatorFlaten, Gilbert E., 1856-1896
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionAn image showing the ruins after the June 7, 1893 fire in Fargo. Silhouettes of a few walls of buildings stand in the distance. Most of the landscape is rubble, ruins and debris. There are a line of utility poles on the left. In the foreground there is a large metal firehouse bell, and a metal frame with chains and wheels.
General SubjectCity & Town Life
Pioneer Era
Subject (LCTGM)Ruins
Destruction & pillage
Utility poles
LocationFargo (N.D.)
Cass County (N.D.)
Item Number2006-023-001
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original26 x 31 cm.
Transcription"Ruins of the Fargo Fire, June 7, 1893. Loss Over $3, 000, 000"
"Flaten, Photo"--Printed on front of photograph.
"Stern"--Handwritten on back of photograph.
Biography/HistoryAbout 3 PM on the afternoon of June 7, 1893, the worst fire in the history of Fargo began in downtown and spread from wood building to wood building, destroying city hall, the business district and the homes of most of Fargo's 6,000 residents. The fire spread from Front Street (now Main Avenue) to the north. By the end of the day, downtown Fargo was devastated. Over 160 acres were in ashes and over 31 blocks of businesses and residences were destroyed stretching along Broadway from NP Avenue to Fifth Avenue North and west to the prairie. Most of the buildings before the fire were constructed of wood. The photographer is facing northeast from the corner of Roberts Street and NP Avenue.
Repository InstitutionCass County Historical Society
Repository CollectionCass County Historical Society Photography Collection 2070 (Institute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo)
Credit LineCass County Historical Society, Bonanzaville, West Fargo (2006-023-001)
Ordering Information,
(701) 282-2822
Cass County Historical Society
1351 West Main Ave.
West Fargo, ND 58078
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdm2006023001
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