A disastrous fire swept the city of Bridgeport, Lawrence County, IL on Friday, June 13, 1913 destroying a two block square of the downtown with an estimated damage of over half a million dollars.
The fire started in the blacksmith shop and because of a limited supply of water and a strong west wind, the fire was soon out of control.
Buildings were dynamited in an attempt to stop the spread of flames. Before the inferno was finally extinguished, the fire had destroyed
a total of 38 buildings and 33 business firms.
Here is the story as told in the photographs taken at the time.
Produced by the Lawrence County Historical Society,
this short documentary is the story of the fire that almost destroyed the booming oil town of Bridgeport on Friday the 13th, 1913.