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The Night the Sky Turned Red


By author: Allan Levinsky   Introduction by: Earle G. Shettleworth Jr.
Number of pages: 96
Dimension: 6 x 9 Inches (US)
Original publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-1-938700-25-5
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Paperback / softback
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* The Great Portland Conflagration of July 4th, 1866, was the largest urban fire in the United States to that time * Maine historian Allan Levinsky collects historic eyewitness accounts to tell the tale * Includes 14 black-and-white photographs of the devastation * Includes appendix with list of streets and buildings destroyed
It was July 4th, 1866, and Portland, Maine's population was just beginning to unwind after the Civil War. The weather had been very warm and dry but everyone was looking forward to celebrating. There were many activities scheduled to keep the celebrants entertained, everything from a parade to the best fireworks display ever. The city was overflowing with visitors from all around the state and business was brisk. Little did the crowds know what fate had planned on that festive day. Late that afternoon, a young boy casually lit a firecracker in front of a woodworker's shop and not thinking, tossed the explosive into the shop's yard that was covered with dry wood shavings. The result was the largest urban fire in the history of the United States to that time. The Night the Sky Turned Red tells the story of this great conflagration through the eyes and voices of those who lived through one of the country's greatest disasters.
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