Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 13

July 13, 1911 – The most disastrous fire in years swept the Duluth waterfront this afternoon. The losses aggregated $150,000, fully covered by insurance.

The fire started in the warehouse of the Gowan-Peyton-Congdon Company on the west side of Fifth Ave., shortly after 2:30 p.m. Among the losers are:

Duluth Marine Supply Company, $45,000; three warehouses, $30,000; Gowan-Peyton-Congdon Company, $50,000. Other losers are F. A. Patrick, Kruschke Confectionery Company, Lake Carriers’ Association, Fifth Ave. Dock; Clow & Nicholas Transportation Company; and the offices of the Carnegie Fuel Company.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Duluth Water Front on Fire. Blaze Originates in Warehouse—Loss Expected to Aggregate $150,000.”; July 14, 1911; p. 1.


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