The night Boston burned

Poster showing the Great Fire of 1872

Today is the anniversary of the start of the Great Fire of 1872, which destroyed 776 buildings over 65 acres in downtown Boston (and which spread quickly in part because of the flu - which had stricken many of the horses that would otherwise have pulled fire engines to the scene).

The Boston Architectural College Library posted this drawing of the fire tonight (the fire started around 7 p.m.).

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