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The Seattle post-intelligencer. [volume] (Seattle, Wash. Terr. [Wash.]) 1888-1914, June 05, 1892, Image 3

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A BEAUTIFUL VISION FROM THE ASHES
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RETROSPECT ON THE PAST AND PRESENT.
The Third Anniversary of Seattle's Great Fire.
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June 6, 1889, is a date that will ever convey «& the sorrowful thought to the residents on Puget
sound that on that day a young city bright in ,t, promise and strong in architectural structures
was sacrificed to glowing embers that fiercely hjfmraged to die in smouldering ruins. But even in
the charred wreck of home and fortune, Seattle I ' ' proudly lifted her head and was infused with the
breath of a new life. As from the ruins ot j Chicago there sprang a new and mightier Chicago,
so from this entry to the sea there arose a new j Queen City that today is the honor and glory of
the Pacific Northwest. I sacramento-
The beginning of the fire is correctly depicted in the accompanying picture. The fire had its origin in a paint shop at the corner of
Front and Madison streets. It traveled southward to the water front in a column whose left swept along Second and Third streets, and whose
right licked up the docks, wharves and warehouses on the water front. The cuts of the Occidental hotel block and Frye opera-house block
convey an idea as to how the city's commercial center disappeared as completely as though swept by a cyclone.
The "Old Sacramento," the first fire engine on the Coast, and which continues as an honored member of our efficient department, rendered
valuable services. From 1876 until 1879 it was the only protection from the fiery element that the city possessed.
. .j—— j Tomorrow will be the third anniversary of the destruction of upwards of ten millions of dollars in
j—- -| vested in property and constituting the business portion of Seattle. Bat it the present commercial city of
'fo C' 55,000 population, with its handsome and towering business blocks, implies anyihing it proves that an ap-
Iu j I parent dire calamity was but a disguised blessing in an incentive to a greater prosperity and an incom
{(v jjvi Y c ~ parably higher destiny. _
U ( 0 3 1 11 response to the undaunted spirit of the occasion and the surroundings, the recuperated will, energy
\ | and determination of the property holders and business men ot Seattle was at once apparent. Possibly in
A!I ||ppw' no instance was pluck and energy displayed to greater advantage than in the opening ot the first clothing
™ store on Front street after the fire, which has since grown into the largest establishment ot the kind on
;Kithe Pacific coast, and is within two blocks of where the fire started.
WfeJLs; iJj-i&v.gl ippiwi Even while the flames were yet active the enterprising capitalists ot the country were attracted to the
X ms- MiWSM 1 burning city, and future investigation demonstrated this to be one ot the world's ideal sites lor a great city,
| with the natural resources of a contiguous country of incalculable benefit. Capital at once found invest-
"*" -s^—j j iere a ud the result has been phenomenal. Three years ago tomorrow the city was in ashes. Behold
BEGINNING OF THE GREAT FIRE. what it is today. The narrow streets and unsightly structures that marred the natural beauties ot the
situation before the conflagration have given place to broa'l avenues and massive blocks that would grace any metropolis in the land. Every branch of busi
ness has been enlarged and established on a more stable basis. In the outlying districts the changes have been fully as marvelous and permanent
And what must also be particularly gratifying is the fact that the average of thrift, substance and —————————— - ■
prosperity of the community has more than kept pace with the improved appearance and character of '
the business section and the general growth of the city.
The mercantile establishments of the city have rapidly increased, but the large clothing and gents' fur- /p N )
nishing house at 800-804 Front street has not only multiplied as to size but has proportionately increased in A Ji ~\ >7
the good graces and patronage of the purchasing public. The business methods pursued there are on a X. w '
strictly legitimate and fair basis and the immense patronage is fully merited, as customers know that they pSsrf MPPjifffi4~Ml) ,r<M
are always treated right and have a stock of clothing and other goods to select from that as to price, jfljlff'• ejj§lßißl 1)4, tf\
quality and style is not excelled in the Western states. |in
7> ' FRYE OPERA HOUSE BLOCK.
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The Largest Clothing Dealers in the World,
800, 802, 804 FRONT STREET.
THE SEATTLE POST-INTfLLtGE!?CEft, SUSDAY, JUNE 5. ifS£.
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