Black and white photograph of Van Campen store and Scofield's drug store, 1883.

Van Campen store (left) and Scolfield's drug store (right), 1883.

Van Campen store, left, and Scofield's drug store, right, shown in 1883, a year before the first large Cannon Falls fire. The Van Campen building and the business next door, burned during the 1884 conflagration. The stone Scofield structure survived.

Stereoscopic card of business buildings in Cannon Falls, c. 1880s.

Business buildings in Cannon Falls, c. 1880s.

Business buildings line this Cannon Falls street in the early 1880s. Such wood frame structures, often clustered together, proved susceptible to fire.

Black and white photograph of destruction caused by the 1887 fire in Cannon Falls.

Destruction caused by 1887 fire in Cannon Falls.

This view, looking north on Fourth Street shows Cannon Falls in the aftermath of the 1887 fire. The Yale House is at the top left. First National Bank vault is the small white structure left of center. A livery stable and the home are behind the vault.

Cannon Falls Fires, May 20, 1887

Buildings along the main streets of Minnesota's earliest communities were particularly vulnerable to fire. Even small blazes could grow quickly and incinerate wood-frame structures in densely packed business districts. The 1880s fires in Cannon Falls serve as an example.

A crowd watches a fire at the Marlborough Apartment Hotel, Minneapolis

A crowd watches a fire at the Marlborough Apartment Hotel, Minneapolis

A crowd watches a fire at the Marlborough Apartment Hotel, Minneapolis, January 3, 1940.

Photograph of Minneapolis firefighters trying to move a Hennepin County Morgue truck after being iced in during a January 3, 1940 fire at the Marlborough Apartment Hotel

Minneapolis firefighters try to move a Hennepin County Morgue truck after being iced in during a Jan. 3 fire at the Marlborough Apartment Hotel

Minneapolis firefighters try to move a Hennepin County Morgue truck after being iced in during a January 3, 1940 fire at the Marlborough Apartment Hotel.

Photograph of the Marlborough Apartment Hotel fire, Minneapolis

Marlborough Apartment Hotel fire, Minneapolis

Marlborough Apartment Hotel fire, Minneapolis, January 3, 1940.

The Marlborough Apartment Hotel Fire, January 3, 1940

On January 3, 1940, the Marlborough Apartment Hotel in Minneapolis burst into flames after an explosion in its basement. The deadliest fire the city had ever seen would claim nineteen lives and destroy a three-story building housing more than one hundred twenty people.

Waconia City Hall

Waconia City Hall

The second city hall building in Waconia. Refurbished into senior apartments in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This building was nominated to the National Register for Historic Places.

Ice Cutting Crew on East Shore of Lake Waconia

Ice Cutting Crew on East Shore of Lake Waconia

Ice cutting crew on east shore of Lake Waconia. Large group of men wearing work clothes and heavy jackets standing in front of a building, snow in foreground. Another building in background. Circa 1918-1925.

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