Rock Island, IL Lumber Company Fire, Oct 1908
ROCK ISLAND HAS BIG BLAZE.
Rock Island, Ill., Oct. 17. -- Fire last night caused $500,000 damage in the yards of the Rock Island Lumber company and the Rock Island Sash and Door Works. The flames started in the southwest corner of the yards and fanned by a southeast gale, swept everything north to the river, devastating an area of ten acres in two hours.
Twenty million feet of lumber and two sawmills were destroyed. Ties were burned off the bridge on the mainline of the Rock Island Railroad and traffic was tied up for several hours on main lines of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific, the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul roads. Telegraph, telephone, and power circuits were disarranged for a time.
Cedar Rapids Gazette Iowa 1908-10-16