Third Ward Fire

Third Ward Fire (HMOWT)

Location: Milwaukee, WI 53202 Milwaukee County
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N 43° 1.973', W 87° 54.421'

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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.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number310
Year Placed1991
Placed ByWisconsin State Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 8:13am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 426109 N 4764865
Decimal Degrees43.03288333, -87.90701667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 1.973', W 87° 54.421'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 1' 58.38" N, 87° 54' 25.26" W
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Area Code(s)414, 262
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 210-242 N Broadway, Milwaukee WI 53202, US
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