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Park City, UT Business Section Fire, June 1898

Park City UT Main Street circa 1912.jpg

UTAH TOWN FLAME SWEPT.

BUSINESS SECTION OF PARK CITY WIPED OUT -- MANY PEOPLE HOMELESS.

Park City, Utah, June 20. -- The business portion of Park City, in Main Street, with the exception of a few business houses at the upper end of the street, burned to the ground Sunday morning. The fire started about 4 o'clock in the American hotel, and, fanned by a south wind, swept the entire street. Park City's business portion is now a mass of ruins. The damage is probably close to a million dollars. The fire was gotten under control at 9:30.
Every drug store, butcher shop, hotel and all but three saloons burned to the ground. Both the Park opera house and the new A.O.U.W. building, with the new Grand opera house, were entirely demolished.
The Marasac mill was only saved by hard work. The city hall, both bank buildings, post office and telephone exchange are gone. Many people are left homeless, having nothing but their clothes. The wind carried the flames in sheets until the whole center of Park City is gutted.
The situation is that the whole city from the American house, where the fire started, to the Union Pacific depot, which was saved, is burned on both sides of the street. The whole is a blackened, smoking ruin, with the fire stayed.

The Daily Gazette Janesville Wisconsin 1898-06-20

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Park City, UT Fire 1898

$1,000,000 FIRE IN UTAH

Business Centre of Park City Destroyed - Hotels, City Hall, and Opera House Burned.

PARK CITY, Utah, June 19. -- The business portion of Park City on Main Street, excepting a few business houses on the upper end of the street, burned to the ground this morning. The fire started about 4 o'clock in the American Hotel, and, fanned by a south wind, swept almost the entire street.

The damage is close to a million dollars.

The only store left is that of Welsh, Driscoll & Buck. Every drug store, butcher's shop and hotel, all except three saloons burned. Both the Park Opera House and the new A. U. O. W. Building, with the new Grand Opera House, were destroyed. The City Hall, both bank buildings, Post Office and Telephone Exchange are gone. Many persons are left homeless.

The New York Times, New York, NY 20 Jun 1898

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