Menoken, ND, Prairie Fire, Oct. 1889

Bismarck, North Dakota, Oct. 19. – An immense prairie fire has been raging since yesterday morning within a few miles of Bismarck. Efforts of farmers to check the huge conflagration have been unavailable, and a large number of farms have already been destroyed. A strong wind has been helping the fire along.

The village of Menoken, fourteen miles below Bismarck, consisting of sixteen blocks, is entirely swept away, and the inhabitants are reported destitute. The wind is rapidly carrying the fire to Bismarck, and the city is enveloped in smoke and flying cinders. The residents apprehend great danger.

The New York Times, New York, NY 20 Oct 1889