Fire At New Liberty

“CINCINNATI, April 1st.—The entire business portion of the town of New Liberty, Owen county, (Ky.) was destroyed by fire on Wednesday, March 30th. Loss about $175,000.” Marysville (California) Daily Appeal, April 5,1864



The Little Town Almost Wiped Out of Existence


“New Liberty, Ky., Oct. 16. - The fire which broke out at 2:10 o'clock this morning in the livery stable of N. B. Hanlon destroyed, beside the livery stable, two stores, the Odd Fellows Hall, a butcher shop, barber shop, and six dwellings.  The total loss was estimated at $25,000; insurance about $10,000.

“The property destroyed is as follows, the names of the owners appearing in connection therewith:

“The property destroyed is as follows:  Livery stable, H. N. Hanlon; drug store, J. D. Garvey; dry goods store, W. R. & R. H. Alexander; hardware store, J. B. Brown; Odd Fellows Hall; butcher shop, W. V. Hughes; barber shop, George Strother; dwellings, D. L. Sullivan, Mary Vanderen, T.H. Devoe, Postmaster; James Gale, L. F. Bond, A. L. Frazier.

“The fire is supposed to have resulted from the carelessness of negroes employed in dropping a match after putting away the horses.” Louisville Courier-Journal, October 11, 1869