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From Digital Archives: photos of 1889 Seattle Fire

From Digital Archives: photos of 1889 Seattle Fire

When you ask the historical significance of June 6, most people think of the anniversary of D-Day. But June 6 also marks a horrific event in Seattle history. On that date in 1889, a fire destroyed much of Seattle, which was then a timber town and many years from becoming a world-famous city. Our Legacy Washington program’s exhibit on the year when Washington reached statehood, “Washington 1889: Blazes, Rails and Year of Statehood,” includes a section on the 1889 Great…

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Looking back: Seattle’s Great Fire

Looking back: Seattle’s Great Fire

Photo courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives. It was on this date in 1889 that Seattle’s Great Fire occurred. This photo of the fire was taken from Pike Street.  This 2003 piece by Walt Crowley in HistoryLink.org sheds more light on the disaster, which resulted in the destruction of 64 acres in downtown Seattle. After the fire, the rebuild relied on brick and stone. The rebuilt area, Pioneer Square, is still around and is one of Seattle’s more popular places….

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