Anton Lagus 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)