Mulvane, KS Fire, Apr 1893

Mulvane, KS rebuilt after the fire, early 1900s photo from familyoldphotos.com Mulvane, KS rebuilt after the fire - showing the new Union Building at far right, early 1900s photo from familyoldphotos.com

Wichita, Kan., April 13. -- Mulvane, a Santa Fe junction twenty miles south of here, was almost destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. Two of the best business blocks in town were totally gutted. The fire started by a spark from a Santa Fe engine, and the high wind soon carried it beyond control. The State bank, the Union hotel, dry goods, groceries and a score of less important business houses were wiped out. The loss will aggregate $100,000.

Decatur Daily Republican, Decatur, IL 14 Apr 1893

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Mulvane Destroyed by Fire.

Wichita, Kas., April 13. -- The business portion of Mulvane in Sedgwick county with the exception of a few buildings, burned yesterday. The loss will reach about $100,000.

Davenport Daily Leader, Davenport, IA 13 Apr 1893

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FIRE SWEEPS A TOWN

Mulvane, Kansas, Meets With a Great Loss.

SPARKS FROM AN ENGINE

Set Fire to the Hotel and, Fanned by the Heavy Winds, the Majority of the Business Places Go Up in Smoke.

Mulvane's Big Fire.

Special to the CAPITAL.

WICHITA, KAN., April 12-The larger part of the business portion of Mulvane, on the southern border of Sedgwick county, was swept away by fire today. The loss on stock alone must be fully fifty thousand dollars, as some of the best stores in the town were burned out. The fire started in the rear of the Union hotel, a three story structure, from sparks from a Santa Fe locomotive, and into a conflagration which the facilities at hand were unable to subdue.

With the exception of three or four buildings, the town is built of wood and building after building for nearly two blocks fed the flames. To add to the confusion several fires were started among the residences by flying debris. Among the burned buildings were the Union hotel, the State Bank, Hawkes grocery, Mrs. Skinner's millinery, Fitzsimmon's hardware, Tegue's bakery, Williams' dry goods and eight or ten smaller establishments of various kinds. It is impossible to secure any estimate of the insurance or of the value of the burned buildings.

Kansas Weekly Capital and Farm Journal, 20 Apr 1893