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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Fire Decimates Coudersport Businesses

Coudersport, PA Fire, May 1880

THREE O'CLOCK A.M.

COUDERSPORT CREMATED

THREE-FOURTHS OF THE MOUNTAIN TOWN IN ASHES

Every Store, One Hotel, the PostOffice and many buildings ... Loss Fully $250,000

Special dispatch to the Gazette and Bulletin

COUDERSPORT, May 18. The entire business portion of the borough of Coudersport is in ashes. Every store, one hotel and the postoffice, are gone. The court house is standing, also Baker's Hotel.

The fire caught this afternoon in a frame row of buildings on the west side of Main street, between Second and Third, and swept everything in its course from Third street to First on Main street.

Then the wind suddenly veering it crossed Main street and cleaned the square to East street.

The Enterprise printing office is burned, but the Journal office is saved. There was a great scarcity of water, which, with the extreme dryness of everything, enabled the fire to spread rapidly when it got fairly under headway. Read more....

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Wow...i remember when this happened. I was 26 years old.
now I am 154 years old now.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the Bakers Hotel is now what we know as the Old Hickory? It is ashamed to see it go down now.