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This collection contains original hand-written and typed telegraphic correspondence, and photographs related to the Great Fire of 1901 in Jacksonville, Florida. On Friday, May 3, 1901, flames engulfed the vibrant young southern city of Jacksonville, Florida. The fire began around 12:30 p.m. and burned until 8:30 p.m. When the flames were extinguished, 10,000 people were homeless, $15 million of property had been destroyed and all that remained were 455 acres of ashes. Known as the Great Fire of 1901, it holds the record for the most destructive burning of a southern city in U.S. history.

 
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