Hastings, NE Fire, Jul 1881

A fire Saturday afternoon destroyed the post-office block and a dozen stores, comprising the best part of the town of Hastings, Neb.

The Sun, Baltimore, MD 18 Jul 1881

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The fire of July 16, 1881, originated in Davis' drug store, destroying that building, with Altschul's, Binderup's, Jorgensen's, Dietrich's (occupied by Nowlan) buildings and much valuable property. The insurance carried amounted to $19,750. This disastrous fire destroyed the block between Second and Third Streets and Hastings and Denver Avenues. Cole's circus was here; the thermometer registered 103 degrees in the shade, and the town was full of visitors. The circus men aided the fire department, but the natural and artificial heat made the atmosphere so oppressive that numbers of the workers fell insensible, leaving the flames to devour everything save the Forgy building on Second Street and Denver Avenue.

Biographical and historical memoirs of Adams, Clay, Webster and Nuckolls Counties, Nebraska, Chicago: Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1890