Borden, IN Fire, Mar 1894

Borden, IN Birds Eye View, 1907, photo from

New Albany, Ind., March 31. -- the little town of Borden, Ind., 18 miles north of here and composed of about 1,000 inhabitants, was nearly wiped out by fire which started in the Burns' flour mills at 3 a.m. The flames were fanned by a strong wind and spread rapidly until the entire business portion of the town and about a dozen residences were burning. Two fire engines were sent from here on a special train, and a fire steamer was also send from Salem, Ind., but arrived too late to be of service. Six stores and eighteen dwellings were entirely destroyed and a number of other houses were badly damaged. The total loss will aggregate $125,000, and the amount of insurance is at present unknown.

The Weekly Herald Despatch, Decatur, IL 7 Apr 1894