Durham Fire of 1914
During the month of June, Durham Book Club participants are reading The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson. In the book, Candice and Brandon have a lot in common: their love of books, their desire to solve puzzles, and their inquisitive, critical-thinking minds. This is a perfect combination for a decades-long mystery to finally be solved. Together, the friends decipher the clues throughout James Parker’s letter in order to solve the puzzle and find his fortune.
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There is so much damage, this fire must have burned for hours. It is yet to be reported the exact timeline, but this information should be released soon. To those who were in the area, any knowledge about when the fire started and ending would be greatly appreciated.
Main Street before the fire of 1914
A Century of Reflection: Remembering the 1914 Fire
We want to extend a HUGE thank you to The Museum of Durham History and journalist and local historian Jim Wise. Without your knowledge and your thoughtful consideration, we would not have known where to start this project! Thank you so much for your time, your help, and your dedication to sharing Durham's fascinating history.
In addition to an interview with Jim Wise, the sources we used include Images of America: Durham County by Jim Wise, Durham County: A History of Durham County, North Carolina, second edition by Jean Bradley Anderson, Durham Fire Department's Twitter, Open Durham, a project of Preservation Durham, City of Durham Government, and Digital NC: NC Newspapers.