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The Great Bismarck Fire of 1898 - Ghosts of North Dakota
Like Fargo in 1893 and Chicago in 1871, Bismarck fell victim to a massive wind-whipped fire on August 8th, 1898. As was the case with so many pioneer-era cities around the nation, Bismarck in 1898 was a city constructed largely of wood. When coupled with a frequently unrelenting prairie wind, any unusual dry spell created extraordinarily dangerous conditions. In fact, the city of Bismarck had dodged a bullet eight years earlier when a fire in the spring of 1890 nearly... Read More Read More