Atlanta, GA Fire, May 1896


Three Hundred Thousand Dollar Blaze in Atlanta – A Negro Cremated

Atlanta, Ga., May 18. – The Markham house block burned yesterday. The loss is $300,000.

A search of the ruins of the Markham house block, swept clean by fire last night, revealed the charred remains of W. T. Seachary, a negro driver, who was asleep in a carriage in Milan & Patterson’s livery stable, one of the first buildings destroyed.

Santa Fe Daily New Mexican, Santa Fe, NM 18 May 1896



Broke Out in Atlanta, Ga., at Eleven O’Clock Last Night – The Loss About Three Hundred Thousand Dollars.

Atlanta, Ga., May 17. – The most serious conflagration this city has experienced in ten years broke out shortly before 11 o’clock to-night in a block in the center of the city bounded by the tracks of the Southern railway and Prior, Decatur and Collins streets. The Markham House, adjoining the Union depot, and one of the best known hotels in the country, was totally destroyed, involving a loss of about $75,000 on building and furniture, covered by an insurance of $50,000.

Patterson’s livery stable, in which the blaze started, Patterson’s undertaking establishment, a row of small rookeries on Decatur street and a half dozen houses on Collins street occupied by the demi-monde were completely consumed. At midnight the fire had made a complete sweep of the block and was threatening to spread, across Decatur street. The total loss on the Markham House block is probably about $300,000, largely covered by insurance.

The Wheeling Register, Wheeling, WV 18 May 1896