The 1942 Kewanee Fire

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The fire started around 1:30 AM on April 13, 1942 at the largest retailer in town, Kewanee Dry Goods, on the East side of the 200 block of Tremont Street in downtown Kewanee.  It destroyed dozens of businesses in the heart of Kewanee’s business district.

Click here for dozens of newspaper clippings about the fire

For eye witness letters from 50 years later to Dave Clarke of the Star Courier click here

For a photo gallery of the fire’s devastation click here

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