14 May 2015

On This Day: Fire destroys Stuyvesant

Fire destroyed a large part of Stuyvesant On This Day in 1880. Stuyvesant is a village, just about 11 miles north of Hudson, NY. The fire reportedly began in a storehouse of the New York and Catskill steamboat company. It spread through the village destroying the storehouse of the Catskill and Albany steamboat company, the Hudson River railroad depot, the steam flouring mill of Best & Wilcoxson, the foundry, St Mary’s Catholic Church, numerous other stores and many dwellings. James Smith, a tramp, was arrested on charges of starting the fire. 


Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 14 May 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  


On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.