07/09/09 154 W, 2 I - + 7 - 12 Memories of the Great Fire of New Bern


Referenced in my response to this posting about mutual aid by train, Google finds an online copy of an oral history program transcription presented at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library in 1992. The PDF document numbers 54 pages, and transcribes records made in a prior year (or decade?) of people still living who remembered the Great Fire of New Bern on December 1, 1922.

What was probably the largest urban fire in the state's history leveled 40 blocks, destroyed over 1,000 buildings and homes, and left 3,200 people homeless. Burning a quarter of the city, the fire caused an estimated $2.5 million in damage. We've also blogged about the fire, for the occasion of its 85th anniversary. We also previous found the above PDF document, and had forgotten that fact. Welcome to the world of research. Repeatedly finding the same facts or resources, then discovering the repetition once your files are consulted.
 







  
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