Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fire on Coney Island! - 1850

FIRE ON CONEY ISLAND.--Last night about 7 o'clock, a very extensive fire was observed on Coney Island. It was generally believed that the large Tent, owned by Mr. Brooks, or the adjoining wooden buildings, are consumed.

--New York Daily Tribune, Monday, September 2, 1850

I'm not sure what tent they refer to. I believe the first amusement structure on Coney Island was in effect a tent. I don't see any references to any Brooks, though. Also not sure what, if anything, was actually lost. At any rate, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle didn't bother to report on it, so I'm not sure it was anything substantial.

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