Sitting Bull by Roben Alarcon

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26 formed a bucket brigade from a well to a burning building. Other firemen tapped old underground storage tanks, called cisterns, each holding between ten thousand and thirty thousand gallons of water. Sixty of them had been built a half century earlier, after a big fire in 1851 had leveled the young city. Soldiers patrol the streets to prevent looting. The Call Building, then the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, looms in the background. [LOC, USZ62-96789] At 17th and Howard streets, reported Captain Cullen, “there being considerable water in a large hole in the middle of the street owing to a broken main, with stones and sand we dammed the water that was running to waste and put our Engine to work after stretching hose as far as Capp St.

Mariners’ Museum] After the Slocum pulled away from the Third Street dock, it steamed up the wide East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn. At the stern, or back, of the promenade deck, a seven-piece band led by George J. ” The passengers, a third of whom were age twenty or younger, danced, explored the ship, or leaned on the wooden railing, waving at people onshore. New York City schoolchildren similar to those who perished on the Slocum. [LOC, LC-DIG-ggbain-02319] Since the Slocum was launched 13 years earlier, William Van Schaick had been its captain.

Carpenters, coopers, and coppersmiths had lost their tools and couldn’t earn a living. Fire insurance, which would have helped them replace their property, wasn’t common at that time. Other colonies and merchants in England sent money and goods, but not enough. ” Two years later, the selectmen received a reply. The letter simply stated their request had been received, but no aid was offered. Some historians have wondered if the Great Fire of 1760 added to the grievances that led to the American Revolution.

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