Web Site of the Week: Aftermath of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904
Many American cities were devastated by large fires in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Baltimore was no exception, and this fine digital collection from the Enoch Pratt Free Library offers publications, photos, and other ephemera related to the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. The online collection includes over 250 images and 13 publications, including the final report of the Burnt District Commission, along with several initial draft reports. The fire was tragic, as it destroyed over 80 city blocks and hundreds of downtown Baltimore businesses. First-time visitors will want to start their journey here by perusing “The Book of the Fire,” which can be found on the homepage. The photos are understandably quite dramatic, and they include images of the “New” Carrolton Hotel in ruins and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad central headquarters, which escaped the conflagration unscathed due to its fireproof construction. The image viewing software used here is quite good, and visitors can zoom in and out as they see fit. Also, visitors can perform an advanced search if they so wish. [KMG]
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