Water Street Fire

October 1, 2023
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The photo shows west side of Water Street (now Main Street) after a massive fire destroyed all of the businesses from the middle of the block to the north corner. The date of the fire was July 4, 1898 or 1901. All of the businesses were destroyed, except for the office of Dr. Stephens, which is not shown. The three buckets used to put out the fire are shown sitting in the middle of the street.

To learn more about Mansfield history, check out the Mansfield Historical Museum, 102 N. Main St., open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more info, call 817-473-4250, emailmuseum@mansfieldtexas.gov or go to mansfieldhistory.org.

Photo courtesy of the Mansfield Historical Society.

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