Fort Smith, AR Business Block Fire, Sep 1860



Fort Smith, Ark., Thursday, Sept. 20.
This morning, at about 4 o'clock, a fire broke out in this place, which resulted in the destruction of the City Hotel and the GARRISON block of buildings.
The value of the buildings which were destroyed was about $100,000, and the following additional losses were sustained on merchandise, furniture, &c.:
SUTTON & SPRING, dealers in dry goods, groceries, &c.; loss $35,000; no insurance.
WALTER & BOURNE, dry goods, $15,000; insured, $10,000.
A. HAMILTON CLINE, druggist, $20,000. No insurance.
BENNETT & FOSS, dry goods, &c., $15,000. Insured $5,000.
The Times printing-office, $5,000. No insurance.
G. W. LISSION, $2,000. No insurance.
J. B. GRIDLEY, $1,500. Insured $1,200.
COL. SPRING'S law office, $1,500. No insurance.
Overland Mail Company, $500. No insurance.
And the Post office, including 4,000 letters and the last California mail for Memphis.
The entire loss by this disastrous conflagration amounted to fully $200,000. The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary.

The New York Times New York 1860-09-22