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The Great Seattle Fire of 1889 - Bibliography

Bagley, Clarence. History of Seattle. Vol 1, Chapter 23, "Seattle's Great Fire." Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1916.

Buerge, David. Seattle in the 1880s. Pages 107-115. Seattle: Historical Society of Seattle and King County, 1986.

Jones, Nard. Seattle. Chapter 10, "The Big Fire." Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Company, 1972.

Morgan, Murray. Skid Road: An Informal Portrait of Seattle. Pages 131-142. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1951.

Warren, James. The Day Seattle Burned. Seattle: James Warren, 1989.

The General Files (Record Series 1802-04) include correspondence, petitions, license applications, claims, reports and other documents reflecting both the effect of the Fire on individual citizens and the reaction of City officials. Citizens asked for refunds on business licenses and an extension of time to maintain businesses in tents. Officials were more sensitive to fire prevention and water supply and worked to establish a full-time, paid Fire Department.