More of the Great Fire

More of the Great Fire (HML42)

Location: Ridgefield, CT 06877 Fairfield County
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N 41° 16.86', W 73° 29.898'

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Ridgefield, Connecticut

— The Museum in the Streets —

On the Night of December 8, 1895 a fire broke out in the undertaking and furniture store of Bedient & Mead at the northeast corner of Main St. and Bailey Ave. The fire spread rapidly to the adjoining Western Union telegraph office and Barhite & Valden's general store. Fire continued east on Bailey Ave. consuming businesses and apartments, jumped across the street and partially burned Hiram Scott's livery stable.
Next to burn was Town Hall, the Masonic Hall, and several homes and businesses along Main Street. Last to burn was the Scott Block, which also housed Bissell's drug store and the residence of Col. Hiram Scott, who was the town clerk and probate judge. His small office attached to the building was torn down and as a result the fire stopped there. Ridgefield sought help from Danbury, but by the time they arrived by train the fire was out. Long heard cries for the establishment of a fire department were at last acted upon, and the following year the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Dept. was organized.
HM NumberHML42
Marker Number17
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 4:23pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 625759 N 4571038
Decimal Degrees41.28100000, -73.49830000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 16.86', W 73° 29.898'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 16' 51.60" N, 73° 29' 53.88" W
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Area Code(s)203
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 378-396 Main St, Ridgefield CT 06877, US
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