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The tragedy of Old Orchard Beach

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The tragedy of Old Orchard Beach

On August 15th 1907, 17 luxurious hotels were destroyed by a fire in Old Orchard Beach. This event remains one of the biggest tragedies in the history of the city.

Fortunately, nobody was injured, even though 5000 persons were evacuated on the beach. However it is the material damage caused by the fire that is the most important. After this event, the pier was destroyed and there were no more hotels. Old Orchard therefore became more of blue-collar town. The fire took away the Victorian aspect of the city.

In this video, we can discover the story of the tragedy that has changed Old Orchard Beach.


2012-08-15