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Mural of 1889 Seattle Fire painted by Rudolph Franz Zallinger, 1953, MOHAI, 1953.545.1

Learn about the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 and the pivotal role it played in Seattle’s early development.

Great Seattle Fire

On June 6, 1889, the Great Seattle Fire forever changed the landscape of the city, sparking a rebuilding and restructuring of Seattle into the innovative city known today. Discover the history behind this important event in Seattle’s early development using primary source materials from MOHAI’s collection.

Lesson Plans

Recommended for Grades 5 and up

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