Salem, Massachusetts burned on June 25, 1914. It began with a series of explosions at the Korn leather factory on Boston street, and burned 253 acres, cut a swath a half-mile wide and a mile-and-a-half long through the city. Almost half of the population of 48,000 people lost their homes.

Read more at the New England Historical Society site and Streets of Salem. View more photos at the collection of the Phillips Library and the Salem Library site.

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