Today in Columbus History

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Columbus has been the victim of many fires over the course of its history.  One such fire occurred on March 18, 1919.  It began in the Burleson Barbershop, located on the southeast corner of Main and Market Streets, at 3:30pm in the afternoon.  Home to many businesses, including the Columbus Clothing Company, the three-story structure was completely destroyed. The six-story Columbus National Bank next door also caught fire and sustained damage.  The bank, however, was rebuilt but only up to the first four stories.

The site now is now the location of the Rosenzweig Arts Center and home to the Columbus Arts Council.

Below is the account of the fire in The Columbus Dispatch newspaper the following day.

March 19 1919 page 1.1

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March 19 1919 page 2

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