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Fire destroys a large section of New Orleans' thriving Fourth District

Fire and Earthquake Disasters, iconic image
10/23/1859 to 10/24/1859
Late in the evening, a massive fire broke out broke out in the Fourth District of New Orleans, Louisiana and spread swiftly among the commercial buildings and fine residences there.  Within hours, a five block area was burning.  A stiff breeze was blowing and destruction in the blocks involved was almost total. The cost of the fire was estimated at $300,000 dollars but no lives were lost.  (By John Osborne).
Source Citation: 
"Terrible Conflagration,"  New York Times, November 1, 1859,  p. 2.

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