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Largest cotton warehouse in Houston, Texas burns to the ground

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01/16/1860
In the early hours of the morning, the largest cotton warehouse in Houston, Texas caught fire and was quickly completely destroyed.  Lost were around twenty-one hundred bales of cotton along with sugar, molasses, and other items.  Total costs were estimated at a massive $138,000 but no-one was injured. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 46. 

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