The City of Gayville Reduced to Ashes

This description of the 1877 fire that destroyed Gayville, South Dakota includes some interesting details: "The ammunition stored in different buildings could be distinctly heard to explode from time to time, besides which were two distinct explosions, one caused by placing a keg of powder in the residence of A. Hierb at the western end of the town, the other report came from the eastern end, somewhere in the neighborhood of Meyer's store, and it is supposed was caused through a keg of powder being left in the building, which was forgotten in the excitement."
(1877 Newspaper)

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