Great Jacksonville fires : 1901 and 1963

The 1901 Great Fire in Jacksonville is the third largest urban fire in American history and the largest ever in the American south. The fire consumed over 2,300 buildings and 7 lives. In 1963, the city was again the scene of a massive fire when the Roosevelt Hotel went up in flames during the holiday period killing over 20 and displacing several celebrities that were in town. We discuss both fires today on The Florida History Podcast.

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Picture of the Hotel Roosevelt from the June 21, 2001 issue of the Jax Air News. Their website security statement says, “All information on this site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.” Photo by Jeff Hilton.

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