— The Museum in the Streets —Belfast artist William M. Hall's drawing of the "Great Conflagration" was published in Harper's Weekly magazine a week after the fire. At 10:30 on the night of October 12, 1865 a fire that started on the waterfront rapidly spread. Despite valiant efforts by the fire department, by next morning the inferno had leveled one hundred twenty-five buildings in a twenty-acre section of downtown. The following year, the City passed an ordinance prohibiting the building of wooden structures in the downtown area. In 1873 another fire at one of the wharfs spread quickly throughout the same district burned earlier. This time, the blaze extended into the residential district as far as High Street and unfortunately caused one death.
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|Placed By||The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 2:07pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||19T E 499690 N 4919432|
|Decimal Degrees||44.42818333, -69.00388333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 25.691', W 69° 0.233'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 25' 41.46" N, 69° 0' 13.98" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 31 Front St, Belfast ME 04915, US|
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