On September 19, 1874, at approximately 0700 box 72 and box 74 were struck for a fire that began on the fourth floor of the Granite Mill Number 1 built in 1874. It is believed that sparks from machinery ignited waste cotton that quickly spread to the upper floors trapping workers on the sixth floor. The workers were trapped due to not enough exits and were forced to choose between burning to death or jumping from the sixth floor. Reports at the time listed 20 – 40 dead and 26-80 injured. This fire resulted in many changes to building and fire codes.

– Submitted by Ken Leger