The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 260
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W. W. Peak and Brothers in Dallas. The flames spread rapidly,
and in less than two hours every building on the western and
northern sides of the square was destroyed, together with nearly
all their contents. Both of the town's hotels, the printing estab-
lishment of the Dallas Herald, and every store in town were
consumed.' About one-half of the buildings on the eastern side
of the square were also burned. The total loss was estimated at
$400,000, with only $1o,ooo of that value insured.2
The fire at Denton, starting an hour and a half after the Dallas
conflagration, is described in the following account taken from
the Houston Telegraph of July 21, 1860:
About half-past 3 o'clock P.M., on the 8th inst., a fire was discovered
in the counting room of the store of James M. Smoot, situated on the
corner of Elm and Hickory streets, at the southwest corner of the
public square in the town of Denton. .. A stiff breeze at the same
time sprang up from the southwest, and in a few seconds the stores
of Messrs. S. & H. Jacobs, and of Messrs. Baines 8e Mounts, were
wrapped in flames. There were twenty-five kegs of powder in a hogs-
head in the latter store, which in a few moments exploded with
tremendous force, scattering fragments of the buildings and goods in
every direction; pieces of burning timber, fragments of chains and
casting were scattered for hundreds of yards, penetrating the buildings
on the other side of the square, and setting several of them on fire,
and it was only by the utmost exertions of the few people that hap-
pened to be in town that the remaining business portion of our
thriving village was saved. ... As it is, the whole west side of the
public square, with the solitary exception of Messrs. Blount & Scrugg's
store, on the extreme northwest corner, is in ashes.
The losses are as follows:
Mr. Smoot saved comparatively nothing; books and all were burned.
$50,00o will not cover his loss. Messrs. Jacobs's total loss, $7000; Messrs.
Baines & Mounts saved their books and a portion of their goods;
their loss is estimated at $20,000. A building belonging to Ed. Row,
partly finished, and a store house belonging to the Aldridge estate,
were also destroyed; valued at some $100oo. Messrs. B. & S.'s store was
in great danger, and was probably only saved by the explosion spoken
The loss at Denton was over $8o,ooo."
'Northern Standard (Clarksville, Texas), July 14, 186o.
2New Orleans Daily Crescent, July 24, 186o, quoting the Southern Intelligencer
(Austin), July 18, i86o.
'Daily Picayune (New Orleans), July 24, 186o, quoting the Houston Telegraph,
July 21, 186o.
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