Saturday, January 6, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 6

January 6, 1921 – The Duluth & Iron Range depot and lunch counter at Allen Junction was completely destroyed by fire of undetermined origin that originated in the basement of the building at 3 this morning. Although the building was equipped with water pipes for fire protection, the blaze spread so rapidly that the water was of no avail and soon the entire building was consumed. The building was practically new and one of the most modern depots on the road. The loss will probably run upwards of $6,000. Besides the loss of the building and office equipment to the railroad company, C. R. McQouwn, who operated the lunch counter, also suffered a heavy loss in equipment and household goods, as he lived in the second story of the building.

The company has installed a temporary building to be used for an office until the depot is rebuilt. Allen Junction is one of the principal terminals on the railroad, as it is the junction point between points on the main line and such places as Aurora, Biwabik, Eveleth and Virginia.

The Duluth Herald; “Allen Junction Depot, Lunch Counter Burns”; Jan. 7, 1921; p. 21.

Allen Junction


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