The Great Fire of 1899 - New Iberia, LA
N 30° 00.317 W 091° 49.079
15R E 614001 N 3319958
Quick Description: This plaque gives a good description of the 1899 Fire. Located on the eastern outside wall of Wormser's store building.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 5/23/2010 4:45:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM8WW0
Sign is located in the middle of the Downtown Main Street district in New Iberia. Sign is in English, French and Spanish. Great History, and one of many signs located throughout New Iberia.
Sign text states:
About 6:00 PM, October 10, 1899, fire started in a warehouse just east of here. Within minutes, the surrounding buildings were ablaze. The entire square, from Julia to Iberia Streets and from MAin to St. Peter Streets burned before midnight. Only the heroic efforts otf the fire companies of New Iberia, Jeanerette and St. Martinville saved the remainder of the buisness district. Nevertheless, over fifty percent of New Iberia's enterprises were destroyed by the fire. Most of the buildings now standing on this block arose from the ashes of that disaster.
Type of Structure: Public building
Other: Town Main Street buildings
Fire Date: 10/10/1899
Structure status: Plaque
Cause of Fire:
Documentation of the fire: [Web Link]
Construction Date: Not listed
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