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Source: NMHS Newsletter May 1994

The Big Four Depot Fire
by Ferne Baldwin

The Big Four Railroad depot burned February 26, 1904. There was all kinds of trouble fighting the fire. The engineer at the water works had gone home for the night and had to be awakened to get up steam and start the pumps. Marshal John Lockwood had to be aroused to close the valves at the standpipe so direct pressure in the mains could be used.

Once the standpipe was shut off and the pumps were in operation it did not take long to control the fire. Of course, by that time most of the depot was burned.

After the fire there was a real attempt to get a union depot built to serve both the Big Four and the Pennsylvania but that never came about and there continued to be two depots. The hack drivers were most disgusted about that since it required a frantic rush when a train arrived at each depot about the same time.