Wednesday, January 18, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 18

January 18, 1883 – The Key City block at Moorhead, Minn., burned this evening. The fire was discovered at 11:30 p.m. and was out at 12:30 a.m. Burned to the ground, the Key City block was built about a year ago and cost $40,000.

The Grand Pacific Hotel was badly scorched on the east side, but was saved by the combined efforts of the Fargo and Moorhead fire companies. The loss for the other occupants of the block was about $50,000. A high wind from the Northwest was prevailing at the time. No lives were lost. The refugees were sheltered at the Jay Cooke and other houses.

Daily Minnesota Tribune; “Big Fire at Moorhead. The Key City Block Burned—Loss $90,000—The Grand Pacific Hotel Scorched.”; Jan. 19, 1883; p. 1.

The Grand Pacific Hotel


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