Fire destroys 20 buildings in Seattle on July 26, 1879.

  • By Greg Lange
  • Posted 11/06/1998
  • Essay 253
On July 26, 1879, a fire destroys 20 buildings in downtown Seattle (renamed Pioneer Square).

Among the businesses destroyed are the American House hotel, Seattle Sawmill (formerly called the Yesler Sawmill), Newell & Cosgriff chair factory, Schwabacher warehouse, and the Crawford & Harrington warehouse.

Sources: Thomas Prosch, "A Chronological History of Seattle from 1850 to 1897" (typescript, dated 1900-1901, Special Collections, University of Washington Library), 259-260.

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