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This Day in St. Louis History: February 5, 1878  The Globe gives a grim report on the state of fire safety  On April 11, 1877, the majestic Southern Hotel burned to the ground in one of St. Louis’s most deadly fires, and fire safety became a hot-button issue. The Globe wrote an article about the 18 people who died while a large number of fire escapes were attempting to be patented. The article’s witty comment was “a more deadly thing than a hotel fire is a patent fire escape.”

This Day in St. Louis History: February 5, 1878 The Globe gives a grim report on the state of fire safety On April 11, 1877, the majestic Southern Hotel burned to the ground in one of St. Louis’s most deadly fires, and fire safety became a hot-button issue. The Globe wrote an article about the 18 people who died while a large number of fire escapes were attempting to be patented. The article’s witty comment was “a more deadly thing than a hotel fire is a patent fire escape.”

Belding Clock tower // Belding es una ciudad ubicada en el condado de Ionia en el estado estadounidense de Míchigan.

Belding Clock tower // Belding es una ciudad ubicada en el condado de Ionia en el estado estadounidense de Míchigan.

Postcard: The Belding mill women were said to have drawn many West Michigan men to town looking for a date.

Postcard: The Belding mill women were said to have drawn many West Michigan men to town looking for a date.

belding michigan history | Below, another current photo of the depot above. [Alan Loftis]

belding michigan history | Below, another current photo of the depot above. [Alan Loftis]

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