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This is a contributing entry for Historic Mount Hope Walking Trail and only appears as part of that tour.Learn More.

The last days of the Loup Creek Pompeii came to an end at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, 1910. A great fire erupted that would wipe Mount Hope from the map. The fire, which broke out at Hawks and Lewis saloon, operated by a Greek family, was reportedly started by an Italian family living above, whose gasoline stove exploded. Mayor J.E. Garrett questioned its origin and called in the State's first Fire Marshal, Charles A. Ellison, to investigate the incident.

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