Bloomington, IL Fire, Jun 1900 - Rebuilding

Looking at the Ruins-Rebuilding Contracts Let.

Republic Special.
Bloomington, Ill., June 24.-Bloomington’s fire ruins were viewed by thousands of strangers to-day, Excursion trains were run by the Big Four and Lake Erie and Western, bringing in multitudes from Danville, Lafayette, Peoria and intermediate points. Great throngs of country people and people from adjacent towns and villages also came, many bringing lunch baskets.

Most of the business houses and places of entertainment that remain were kept open. The streets were lined with refreshment stands, and scores of takers sold pictures of the burned district and souvenirs of the conflagration. The hotels and restaurants were taxed to their utmost.

The work of clearing up the ruins has gone on all day. It was the noisiest Sunday in Bloomington’s history. The assertion is made, apparently based on fact, that the fire of last Monday night was the most disastrous point of loss in values that has ever occurred in a city of the size of Bloomington.

A contract was signed just last night for the erection of a three-story building on the site of the Durley building, Main and Jefferson, the building to be completed September 1. A contract will probably be let to-morrow for the rebuilding of the destroyed dry goods houses of Stephen Smith’s Sons, Center and Jefferson, on a similar time limit.

St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, MO 25 Jun 1900