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Blockton

Blockton seems to had it's share of disasters. Below are the pictures from the 1916 Flood and the 1927 Fire. Links will open in a new window.

1916 Blockton Flood

Submitted by Paula

Flood Photo, Photo 0, Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5, Photo 6, Photo 7, Photo 8, Photo 9, Photo 10, Photo 11, Photo 12


1927 Blockton Fire

submitted by Paula Fancher

Mr. Lucas

Picture taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman (Lelia) Parker.
Mr. Lucas in front of Harvey's Drug Store - trees were growing out of sidewalk.
Home of Mrs. Sally Thrasher on right - old Love Riley house on left in the background.

Drug Store

Picture taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman (Lelia) Parker
Looking Northeast
Drug store and bank walls

Sloans

Picture taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman (Lelia) Parker
Masonic Temple did not burn - stopped the fire on the East end of Main Street
Pope Drug Store - I & N Quality Store - Odess store burned.

Manring Hotel

Picture taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman (Lelia) Parker
Two unidentified men in front
The Manring Hotel, several stores and houses burned.


1927 West Blocton Fire

Courtesy of Paula

Fire-0; Close Up View: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "looking North - Gillespie Furniture Store"

Fire-1: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "West Blocton Bank"

Fire-2: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner),
Written on back: "looking West from Q & N Quality Store" (note burned trees in front of drug store ruins)

Fire-3: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "The Tuggle Home on the left - three homes above the pic show (not shown) burned here." Tuggle owned the photography business in West Blocton.

Fire-4: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "Looking North East - drug store again. Also the bank walls."

Fire-5: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "Masonic Temple (x) did not burn - it stopped the fire on the East end of Main St. - Pope Drug - Q & N Quality Store & Odess (?) stores burned - no this picture."

Fire-6: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "The brick store was the JB Davie Store - tin building was a furniture store and funeral home - the house in the back seen between the stores is the Robert Keith home - Negro homes at the back of the stores."

Fire-7: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "Looking North from ruins of the Manring Hotel"

Fire-8: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "Pictured in back - the Coco Cola Bottling Co - Elks home and the M. Pope home - The Smith home and barn shown at the left - several stores burned on this block"

Fire-9: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "The Manring Hotel, several stores and houses burned here - unknown males"

Fire-10: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "The Douthit Hotel burned here"

Fire-11: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "Drug store after walls fell - note the burned tree - another tree shown in another picture was on the East corner of the Drug Store"

Fire-12: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "Looking East from the old Davie Store on the right - at the far end is the Masonic Temple - drug store walls shown again"

Fire-13: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "Front of furniture store below the Davie ruins"

Fire-14: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "Another view of the Manring Hotel - more homes burned at this side"

Fire-15:
Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner): Written on back: "Looking East the Drug Store of Mr. Harvey was burned but did not fall - The old 3 story Opera House - Smith Grocery - City Market - Fire Department and the Douthit Hotel along with the West Blocton Bank burned"

Fire-16:
Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "The house shown on left is the T C Tuggle home - on the right is the two story home owned by Dr Buntin - It burned down 2 years later - Picture Show and three houses burned on the right - two on the left"

Fire-17: Taken July 12, 1927 by Mrs. Coleman Parker (Lelia Payne Turner)
Written on back: "Mr Lucas in front of Harveys Drug Store - Trees were growing out of the sidewalk. Home of Mrs Sally Thrasher on right - Old Love Riley house on left in the background"

 

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