Great Fire of 1907
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member electrical_chris
N 32° 25.833 W 080° 40.188
17S E 531042 N 3588208
Historical marker located in Beaufort, SC.
Waymark Code: WM17WKT
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 04/13/2023
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member BIO-HAZRD
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This site was the starting point of the Great Fire of 1907, one of the worst disasters in the history of Beaufort. On Jan. 19 a fire started around 1:30 p.m. in F.W. Scheper's barn south of here and moved into a large store at this corner. The fire moved wet along Bay Street, while strong winds scattered embers over much of downtown. Flames spread up Carterest Street and to the northeast, burning buildings as far as 1.2 mi. away from this location.

Companies of black and white volunteer firemen struggled to extinguish the flames, which overpowered their equipment. By the time subsided, at least forty buildings had been damaged or destroyed. The event prompted new local ordinances governing the materials and location of new buildings. Despite the destruction, the only death occurred when William Bennett, a member of the well-known African American Allen Brass Band was shot by a soldier on patrol.
Marker Name: Great Fire of 1907

Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Other

Marker number: 7-68

County: Beaufort

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