Capitol Building Exterior, Fire 1911

Virtual Visit: Hauntings - Fire of 1911

Explore the loss, legends, and unexplained occurrences that resulted from the New York State Capitol Fire of 1911.
Virtual Visit: Hauntings - Fire of 1911
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Virtual Visit: Hauntings - Fire of 1911

Explore the loss, legends, and unexplained occurrences that resulted from the New York State Capitol Fire of 1911.

Fun Facts

Fire Reported at 2:15 a.m.

125 Firefighters Responded
10 Horse Drawn Streamers Responded

3 Horse Drawn Aerial Ladders Responded

1 fatality

725,000+ books and documents lost
Trivia

Who first reported the fire?
Dwight Goewey, a proofreader for the Assembly, was returning to his desk in the Assembly library shortly after 2 in the morning when he first noticed smoke coming from the library.

Who was Arthur C. Parker?
Arthur C. Parker was the first full-time archaeologist at the New York State Museum.

What important historical documents were saved in the fire?
Certain documents such as Major John Andre’s “spy papers” from the American Revolutionary War and original drafts of George Washington’s Farewell Address and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation were saved due to their location in a fireproof safe.

Where was the New York State Library housed after the fire?
The State Education Building in Albany housed the New York State Library until 1978 when it moved to its current location in the Cultural Education Building at the Empire State Plaza.

What replaced the New York State Library in the Capitol?
Combining both the Assembly and Senate libraries, the Legislative Library replaced the area of the New York State Library. In 1912, State Architect Franklin B. Ware began the design of the Legislative Library in a classical Renaissance Revival style.

Did the Capitol Fire happen around the same time as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire?
One week after the Capitol fire, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire occurred in New York City when nearly 150 garment workers, mostly women and girls, died due to inappropriate working conditions. In response, New York State enacted over 50, first-in-the-nation, fire safety, and labor laws.

Where was Samuel Abbot buried?
Samuel Abbot was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, New York.