Boston's Fire Trail

Overview

Even before the Great Fire of 1872, which destroyed almost eight hundred buildings in the heart of downtown, fire had already irrevocably altered the city of Boston's appearance, fortunes and psyche.

In Boston's Fire Trail, members of the Boston Fire Historical Society trace the history of fire in the Hub and create an intriguing retrospective of this compelling facet of the city's past. Daring rescues, conflagrations, arson, accidents and human courage-all are here, along with ...

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Overview

Even before the Great Fire of 1872, which destroyed almost eight hundred buildings in the heart of downtown, fire had already irrevocably altered the city of Boston's appearance, fortunes and psyche.

In Boston's Fire Trail, members of the Boston Fire Historical Society trace the history of fire in the Hub and create an intriguing retrospective of this compelling facet of the city's past. Daring rescues, conflagrations, arson, accidents and human courage-all are here, along with historic details of the circumstances and locations of more than forty-five fires and sites significant to the history of Boston's fire department.

Follow the fire trail with one of the most renowned firefighting forces in the nation.

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Few cities can match the proud history of the Boston Fire Department, which commissioned its first paid firefighters way back in 1678. Boston's Fire Trail recapitulates that heroic saga through the stories of more than 45 conflagrations that left a fiery mark on the city and the brave men and women who battled them. The blazes covered include the Vendome Hotel Fire, the Paramount Hotel Fire, and the Coconut Grove Fire.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596293618
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 700,394
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Boston's Fire History Trail     7
How to Use This Book     11
Charlestown/North End     13
The Burning of Charlestown
Rutherford Avenue Conflagration
Potato Sheds Fire
Brink's Garage
The Molasses Disaster
Union Wharf Fire
North End Firehouses
The Paul Revere House
Merrimac Street Fire
South End     31
The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire
Chemical 2 Quarters
Pope Bicycle Building Fire
Roosevelt Hotel Fire
Briggs Place Fire
Arcadia Lodging House
Historic Boston Fire Headquarters, 1895-1951
Engine 22 Historic Firehouse
The Trumbull Street Fire
Back Bay/Fenway     53
Arlington Street Fire
Statue of William Ellery Channing
First Church Fire
The Vendome Fire
Two Fires: Copley Plaza Hotel Fire and Sheraton Boston Hotel Fire
Red Coach Grill Fire
Prudential Center
Lenox Hotel Fire
Sherry Biltmore Hotel Fire
Boston Fire Alarm Headquarters
The Peterborough Street Fire
Fenway Park Fire
Downtown Crossing/Financial District     77
The Old State House Museum
Old City Hall
Old South Meeting House
C. Crawford Hollidge Fire
The Great Boston Fire of 1872
Fire Alarm Box 52
Thanksgiving Day Fire
Paramount Hotel Fire
Chinatown Fire
Pickwick Club Collapse
Former Engine Company 7 Quarters
Sleeper Street Fire
Congress Street Fire Station
Blinstrub's Nightclub Fire
Off the Map. Other Boston Areas     109
Firefighter Memorial
Luongo Restaurant Fire
RoxburyConflagration
Plant Shoe Factory Fire
Bellflower Street Conflagration
About This Book     123
About the Authors     125
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