It was September 16th of the year 1868, and a long hot Summer day in the gold rush town of Barkerville. According to the story passed from one generation to the next, that afternoon saw a man make an unwanted move on a woman at the back of Adler and Berry’s New Fashion Saloon. A scuffle ensued and a stovepipe was knocked over, resulting in a fire. Within minutes the town of Barkerville was in flames.

From that first call of fire, the town was almost completely destroyed in less than 2 hours. Thankfully the quick thinking staff of the local store selling dynamite rushed their inventory to a mine shaft, preventing a far worse catastrophe.

Remarkably, the townsfolk were determined to immediately rebuild. A new fire brigade was formed. Life carried on, and it was business as usual.

Bonne journée!


4 thoughts on “Fire!

    1. True. Add a roof made of canvas and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. I won’t even get up on my soapbox about unwanted advances by creepy drunk people. LOL


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