Tombstone, AZ Fire Consumes Most of Town, May 1882

OK Corral after the fire of May 1882, photo from wikipedia

A man was arrested by Special Officer Sullivan last evening for discharging firearms on the street.

There is considerable property at the city hall that can be obtained this morning by proper identification.

Bilicke has bought all the lumber in town, and will place men at work preparatory to building this morning.

T.A. Atchison, proprietor of considerable real property on Fourth Street, was the first man to announce his readiness to build immediately. This he did before the fire had reached his building.

A nigger was captured last night in the act of stealing a lot of collars and some neckties from Solomon’s store.

Mrs. Young, of the Palace Restaurant, done gallant service in nursing the wounded firemen. Blankets and everything at her command was a the service of the fire boys.

Officer Kenny recovered the library of Briggs Goodrich, which had been stolen by two Mexicans. In this instance it may be remarked that Officer Kenny has performed good and faithful service, and should no be forgotten my our people.

At a late hour last night, or it might be early this morning, Officer Kenny recovered two cases of mustard, three pairs of shoes, two pairs of pantaloons and a coat. This property was discovered under a bed in the Mexican quarters, and the owners of the establishment were placed in the cooler.

Several members of the Engine Company were laid up this morning. Among them are Foreman Blackwood, Assistant Engineer Moriarty, Dillon Smith and Durant. Dr. Blackburn performed yeoman service for the fire laddies.

A Good Proposition.

Mr. John R. Farrell, superintendent of the Girard, allows the Epitaph to announce, that it the tax-payers of the city, or the council, as their regularly constituted agents, will build tanks, he will pump water from the Sulphuret to keep them full all the time. The Sulphuret has a capacity of 200,000 gallons daily, and Mr. Farrell states that if the city will build receiving tanks, he will, in case of fire shut down the mill so as to be able to furnish an adequate supply. This is a generous proposition, and should immediately acted upon. In this instance it might be well to remember that Mr. Farrell is the largest taxpayer in town, and does this from a spirit solely calculated to advance the proper interest of Tombstone.

The Recorder’s offices will be situated in the [illegible] building, a few doors from the Epitaph office.

Tombstone Epitaph Prospector, Tombstone, AZ 27 May 1882

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Sparks From The Fire.

Incidents of the Great Blaze.

The smoke of the recent fire is still issuing from the ruins, it doubtless will continue for several days. Allen Street is looking exceptionally dismal. The bleak, naked walls look like the spectre of departed greatness, and is the cause of much annoyance to the people in the vicinity, in consequence of the fire that they will fall down. Last night a number of men hitched on to the black walls of the Grand Hotel, with the intention of pulling them down; but, though the looked shaky, and were well calculated to inspire fear, the efforts of twenty men were not equal to the task of razing them.

Preparations are already being made to rebuild, especially on Allen Street. The ruins are as yet too hot to commence the work of clearing away and excavating, but the feeling is general that ere many months the effects of the fire will not be visible. Build is the order of the day, and the sites on Allen street are about the same price as they were when the buildings stood on the a few days ago.

The insurance companies are the heaviest sufferers, having lost, at a mild estimate, not less than $330,000 within eleven months. Lumber is very [illegible] and will in all probability be a [illegible] article of commerce for some months to come.

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