The Great Boston Fire of 1872 occurred on November 9-10, 1872 and destroyed the city’s business district, burning uncontrolled for more than 12 hours with such heat that it created a raging firestorm. Starting in a building at the intersection of Summer and Kingston Streets, the flames leaped from one wooden roof to another, leaving a smoldering pile of rubble between the Common and the waterfront.
Read more at:
- The story of the Great Fire, Boston, November 9-10, 1872 by Charles Carleton Coffin, 1872
- The Boston Fire, November 9, 1872, by the Boston Chamber of Commerce, 1922
- The Great Boston Fire, “The New England Magazine”, by Robert G. Fitch, 1900.
- The Boston Fire, November 9th and 10th, 1872: Its History… by Frank E. Frothingham, 1873
- The Great Boston Fire
- Mass Moments: Great Fire Devastates Boston