Forest Grove fire of 1919


Forest Grove fire of 1919


2 of 4 pictures taken the day after the July 20, 1919 fire in downtown Forest Grove. This picture was taken from the Pacific University campus looking across College Way toward 21st Avenue. This picture is closer to the corner of College Way and 21st Avenue showing the entire block of businesses on 21st Avenue that are destroyed. All that remains are some brick walls. The street looks to be paved with a curb and a wood sidewalk on the university property. The large oak tree on the church corner is badly singed. On the right of the picture is the wall of the Public Library that still stands today. There is a public drinking fountain at the curb in front of the library entrance. There is a horse and buggy on College Way at the corner of 21st Avenue going South. Businesses destroyed by the fire are, Archibald Bryant’s Photo Gallery, Bryant’s Musical Instruments, Belle Darling’s Photo Gallery, O. M. Sanford’s second hand store and team of horses, Staehrl’s three story residence, Public Library, Washington Co. Poultry Association’s warehouse, A. B. Thomas three story residence, Palace Garage, C. H. Adams Millinery shop, Odd Fellows building, Allen & Co. Hardware in the Odd Fellows building, Leabo Livery Stable, vacant building of marble and granite works, unoccupied building and the Congregational Church. The Copeland & McCready Lumber Yards were on fire many times but saved and the Caples Building plate glass front was destroyed by the heat.


Van Dyke, Ted

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Forest Grove, Oregon


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