Despite havoc of fires, communities worked together to rebuild

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By Bonnie Strassell

In October of 1893 a devastating fire erupted in Owenton. It broke out in a livery stable and rapidly spread to many of the surrounding buildings. According to an article in the Boone County Recorder, “The fire company was wholly unable to contend with the destroyed element. House after house melted away before the roaring flames until twenty-five buildings had disappeared from the heart of town, but the worst of all was the loss of human life. H.B. McNeely, who had a room at the Mundy Hotel, was caught in his apartments, and perished in the flames.

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