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The Resource Damn the old tinderbox! : Milwaukee's palace of the West and the fire that defined an era, Matthew J. Prigge

Damn the old tinderbox! : Milwaukee's palace of the West and the fire that defined an era, Matthew J. Prigge

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Damn the old tinderbox! : Milwaukee's palace of the West and the fire that defined an era
Title
Damn the old tinderbox!
Title remainder
Milwaukee's palace of the West and the fire that defined an era
Statement of responsibility
Matthew J. Prigge
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The burning of Milwaukee's Newhall House hotel was one of the most sensational disasters of the Gilded Age. The fire started in the house elevator shaft, leveling the building - once the tallest in the nation - in just over an hour. The Newhall overnight staff spend nearly ten minutes trying to fight the fire themselves, even after it became clear the house was doomed, made no effort to wake any of the guests asleep within its walls. Seventy-five lives were lost that night, many of the bodies were so badly mutilated that no positive identification was ever made. The gruesome fate of those trapped inside the house - particularly the 35 members of the Newhall's live-in domestic staff who were killed, including a dozen who leapt to their deaths rather than be burned alive - made the story a sensation. An investigation into the blaze determined it to be the work of an arsonist. But while the nation was gripped by the search for the arsonist, they largely ignored the string of failures that had laid the house so vulnerable in the first place. The burning of the Newhall could have proven a major turning point in American urban history. It could have stimulated substantial discussion about the needed modernization of fire departments and building codes, and the public's role in their own survival in the event of a disaster. But the era's media was more interested in selling sensation and outrage than promoting reform, and local officials were content to try a single man for setting the fire while allowing the systemic flaws of the time and place to remain intact. While the origins of the Newhall fire remain a mystery to this day, the story of the blaze paints a grim portrait of an era when progress was scripture, life was cheap, and time spent reflecting was time wasted"--
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Prigge, Matthew J
Dewey number
977.5/9503
Index
index present
LC call number
F589.M68
LC item number
N497 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Newhall House (Milwaukee, Wis.)
  • Hotels
  • Fires
  • Milwaukee (Wis.)
Label
Damn the old tinderbox! : Milwaukee's palace of the West and the fire that defined an era, Matthew J. Prigge
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-282)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A crown for the Queen of the West -- Stubborn faith -- Burn a man up without giving him a chance -- Hell itself -- End times -- Recovery -- The will of mine enemies -- The people vs. Scheller -- How to survive a fire
Control code
on1061863561
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9780870208812
Lccn
2018038423
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1061863561
Label
Damn the old tinderbox! : Milwaukee's palace of the West and the fire that defined an era, Matthew J. Prigge
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-282)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A crown for the Queen of the West -- Stubborn faith -- Burn a man up without giving him a chance -- Hell itself -- End times -- Recovery -- The will of mine enemies -- The people vs. Scheller -- How to survive a fire
Control code
on1061863561
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9780870208812
Lccn
2018038423
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1061863561

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