Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bridgeport and Sumner Depots on Fire 1886

The residents of Bridgeport thought this fire was bad until Friday the 13, June 1913...when the whole town was almost in flames.  Stop by the History Center to see those photographs. 

Jackson County Indiana  Banner July 15, 1886
Depot Destroyed by Lightning


This morning at Bridgeport, Illinois, during a thunderstorm, lightning set fire to the O & M, depot by running in on the wires. The building and contents were entirely consumed. Loss was not learned. At Sumner, Illinois, the company’s depot was set on fire by the same cause, but was discovered in time to save the property.

The Lawrence County Historical Society is pleased to present Steamboats on the Wabash by Robert Swenson and John King September 26 at 7 PM at the Lawrence public library. Admission is free. 

There are a few seats left on the bus tour...make your reservations now.  Call 618-943-4317 for more information.