Third Ward Fire

Third Ward Fire (HM1ZY6)

Location: Milwaukee, WI 53202 Milwaukee County
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N 43° 1.896', W 87° 54.429'

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On 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.
Reconstruction began immediately. Within 30 years, predominantly Italian warehouse and manufacturing businesses had rebuilt the area, with a majority of the buildings dating from the 1890s. Today, the magnificent buildings of the Historic Third Ward stand as a tribute to the prominent architects who designed the structures and to those merchants who rebuilt the district as the center of dry goods commerce in Milwaukee.
HM NumberHM1ZY6
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series, and the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series, and the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series, and the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series.
Year Placed1991
Placed ByWisconsin State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 11:07pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 426097 N 4764723
Decimal Degrees43.03160000, -87.90715000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 1.896', W 87° 54.429'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 1' 53.76" N, 87° 54' 25.74" W
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Area Code(s)414, 262
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 159 N Broadway, Milwaukee WI 53202, US
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