Seattle, WA Library Fire, Jan 1901

Yesler Mansion, the Seattle Public Library, 1900, photo from

Seattle's Public Library Burned.

SEATTLE, Wash., Jan. 2.---The Public Library of Seattle was burned to the ground last night. The fire originated in the basement, possibly from the furnaces. The total stock of books, numbering 25,000 volumes, and valued at [at] least $30,000, are a total loss. The building was built about ten years ago by Henry Yesler, Seattle's most famous pioneer, and cost him nearly $60,000. It is understood that a new building will be built at once.

The New York Times, New York, NY 3 Jan 1901