Morgan Wharf - 1886

Damaged Houses

Anton Lagus House

Peter Clements House


Location on East Main St. where the U.S. Signal Office was located.

The August Frank warehouse was still standing after the hurricane and fire in 1886. The U.S. Signal Office was not that lucky. The signal officer Capt. Isaac A. Reed and Dr. H. Rosencranz were trapped in the building as it collapsed and were burned to death by the fire while the hurricane was raging. A burning lamp in the signal office caught the building on fire as it was being pounded by the hurricane and the fire quickly spread to other structures located in the area.
The area became known as the "burnt district." (Reed is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Victoria, Texas.)
(From the Indianola Scrapbook - 1936)






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