Bowen-Merrill Fire / Indianapolis Fire Department

Bowen-Merrill Fire / Indianapolis Fire Department (HMRL1)

Location: Indianapolis, IN 46204 Marion County
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N 39° 46.032', W 86° 9.525'

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Side A:
Bowen-Merrill Fire
On March 17, 1890 the Bowen-Merrill Company stationery and book store at 16-18 West Washington Street caught fire. Eighty-six firemen fought the blaze. The wood framed roof and floors collapsed, dropping many men into the fire. Thirteen deaths resulted, the deadliest fire for firefighters in Indianapolis history.

Side B:
Indianapolis Fire Department
Volunteer force founded 1826; established as Indianapolis Fire Department with paid force 1859. Bowen-Merrill disaster 1890 led to reorganization and city Board of Public Safety. Indiana General Assembly enabled Firemen's Pension Funds 1891. Improvements in training, equipment, and water access came by early 1900s.
HM NumberHMRL1
Series This marker is part of the Indiana: Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers series
Marker Number49.1999.1
Year Placed1999
Placed ByIndiana Historical Bureau and Indianapolis Firefighters Local 416
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 6:24am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 572052 N 4402257
Decimal Degrees39.76720000, -86.15875000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 46.032', W 86° 9.525'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 46' 1.92" N, 86° 9' 31.50" W
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Area Code(s)317
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20-26 Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Indianapolis IN 46204, US
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