Manasss 1905 - The Great Fire

Manasss 1905 - The Great Fire (HMFQW)

Location: Manassas, VA 20110
Country: United States of America

N 38° 44.988', W 77° 28.271'

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Courage & Determination Save Town

During the cold winter night of December 5, 1905, a smoldering fire began in Blossom's Alley across the tracks from the train depot. It soon raged through the young town of Manassas, destroying 35 homes, the post office, and business bordered by Main, Center, and Battle Streets and the railroad tracks. Standing shoulder to shoulder, men, women, and children of all ages passed buckets of water and wet blankets down Center street to extinguish the fire.

Local lore tells that brickmaker Donation Libeau climbed the roof of the Peoples National Bank to douse sparks, and saved that building from destruction. Out of this tragedy emerged a story of courage and hope, as residents who fought the blaze would soon rebuild their town.
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HM NumberHMFQW
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Year Placed2009
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 3:40am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285249 N 4291911
Decimal Degrees38.74980000, -77.47118333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 44.988', W 77° 28.271'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 44' 59.28" N, 77° 28' 16.26" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9068-9098 Prince William St, Manassas VA 20110, US
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