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Hancock Street, Ellsworth, 1933

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This postcard shows the devastation left on Hancock Street in the wake of the great Ellsworth fire of May 7, 1933 that burned most of downtown.

The buildings lost on Hancock Street included the Baptist church, the Methodist church, and the homes of Earl Grindle, the Patten and Johnson families, Norris Hodgkins, William Pomroy, A. P. Hanson, William Bonsey, Almond Reed, Nettie Fullerton, Osmond Merrill, Captain George Alley, Theodore Smith, and Joseph Morrison.

As seen in this image, the fire was so intense, the only rubble remaining was that which could not burn: predominantly brick chimneys and pieces of metal.

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