Barker, MT Fire Destroys Town, Sep 1889
MORE MONTANA FIRES.
THE MINING TOWN OF BARKER HALF CONSUMED -- NINE PEOPLE MISSING.
THE TOWN OF JAY GOULD SAVED FROM DESTRUCTION BY A HEAVY FALL OF SNOW.
Great Falls, Mont., Sept. 3. -- News has just been received that Barker has been almost totally destroyed by fire. The fire started in a miner's camp three doors belows Zeigler's house, and swept from there up the valley, burning all the Eastern portion of the camp. It is supposed that ELLIS, his wife and four children lost their lives. There are also three men missing. Mr. Neibles lost seventy tons of hay, farm tools, and everything but his household goods. Barker is the business center of the entire Barker district. It is about sixty miles southeast of Great Falls. The mineral deposits are on both the east and west side of the camp. On the west are such mines as "Pride of the West," "Silver Beet" and "Silver King." Considerable work has been done on the "Pride of the West" mine. On the northeast side of the camp is another grove of silver mines which includes the "May" and "Edna," the "Anna May" and the "Belle of Highwood." In the central portion of Barker are all the oldest claims. Among these are the "Barker," "Grey Eagle" and "Wright" and "Edwards," which have been all large ore producers. The burned portion of the camp was on the east side of the creek. Here most of the business was done, the stores containing miners' supplies, hardware, dry goods and liquors. The houses will no doubt soon be rebuilt.
Eau Claire Leader Wisconsin 1889-09-04