1892On the evening of October 28, 1892, an exploding oil barrel started a small fire in the Union Oil and Paint company warehouse, which was located at 323 N. Water Street. Another fire broke out in a nearby factory in the 300 block of N. Broadway, where Commission Row is now located. Before morning, 4 persons had died, 215 railroad cars were consumed, 440 buildings were destroyed, and more than 1,900 people in the Irish community were left homeless. In all, the "mountain of fire" engulfed 16 city blocks within the district. Property loss, the greatest in Milwaukee's history, was estimated at 5 million dollars at the time.
|Series||This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series|
|Placed By||Wisconsin State Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 8:13am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 426109 N 4764865|
|Decimal Degrees||43.03288333, -87.90701667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 43° 1.973', W 87° 54.421'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||43° 1' 58.38" N, 87° 54' 25.26" W|
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|Area Code(s)||414, 262|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 210-242 N Broadway, Milwaukee WI 53202, US|
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