Look Back: Great Fire of 1849
Date: 5/13/2011 Album ID: 1246589
Photos by Missouri History Museum, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and History of St. Louis
By Tim O'Neil --- On the night of May 17-18, 1849, a hard wind blew from the northeast across the Mississippi River. It would serve as a bellows for a long, destructive night. St. Louis’ Great Fire destroyed 418 buildings on 15 blocks. Three people were confirmed dead, but more probably perished on the steamboats. At least one burning boat blew up.