Deadwood, SD Town Fire, Sep 1879

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Deadwood, D. T., Sept. 27. -- The city has presented an unusually active appearance today, the smoke and flames having cleared away enough to allow the mass of ruins to be cleared, and the erection of tents and small wooden shanties, of which there have been from seventy-five to 100 put up. Almost every class of business is represented on Main and Sherman streets, and all having an immense rush of custom, although prices have not advanced except in a very few instances where the demand for some articles was greater than the supply, and the advance has been slight.
All the daily papers are issuing on small sheets, being struck off at Lead City and Central. They contain little else than fire news.
Lumber is being hauled in every direction by every available team in this vicinity, and bringing $46 per thousand. The mills are running night and day but not enough can be brought in to supply the demand. Some had shanties erected within five hours from the outbreak. All day offerings have been pouring in for stocks of goods, money, clothing, food, etc., but as yet nothing but merchandise has been accepted. No relief committee has been organized yet, and probably there will be none. People who are bankrupt and homeless do not want to accept aid from the outside world. Merchants and others are very generous, able, and willing to stand their share of the burden.

Janesville Gazette Wisconsin 1879-09-29