Atlanta, GA Markham Hotel Fire, May 1896


Markham Hotel and Other Buildings Are Consumed.

Atlanta, Ga., May 18.---The most serious conflagration this city has known in ten years broke out about 11 o'clock last night in a block in the center of the city bounded by the tracks of the Southern Railway and Prior, Decatur and Collins streets.

The Markham House, adjoining the Union Depot, and one of the best known hotels in the country, was totally destroyed, involving a loss of about $75,000, on building and furniture, covered by an insurance of $50,000.

Milam & Patterson's livery stable, in which the blaze originated. Patterson's undertaking establishment, a row of small rookeries on Decatur street and six houses on Collins street, occupied by the demi monde, were consumed.

At midnight the fire had made a complete sweep of the block and was threatening to spread across Decatur street. The total loss on the Markham House block is probably about $300,000, largely covered by insurance.

The Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 19 May 1896