A noontime fire broke out in the cellar of a drugstore on the corner of Maine and Delaware Streets in the business district of Leavenworth, Kansas. It quickly spread and caused thousands of dollars worth of damages through much of the block. Lawyers lost their law libraries while insurance brokers and real estate agents saw their premises completely destroyed. No-one was hurt but the press estimated around $150,000 in losses. (By John Osborne)
"Destructive Fire," New York Times, April 30, 1861.