Pickering square fire, Bangor, 1891

Contributed by Bangor Public Library


A large crowd gathers to observe a fire in Pickering Square on 29 March 1891. The fire, which was especially fierce as it burned the finishing and upholstery building of the G.W. Merrill Furniture Co., caused some $8,000 in damage, but in this picture it is under control. The crowd, sporting the high-crowned bowlers and porkpie hats then fashionable, gathered to watch the fire department apply eighteen hoses to the buildings--newspapers reported that it was widely believed that if the fire had succeeded in spreading it would have endangered the entire business district.

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  • Title: Pickering square fire, Bangor, 1891
  • Creation Date: 1891-03-29
  • Subject Date: 1891-03-29
  • Location: Bangor, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 9.3 cm x 11.4 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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