Throughout Minden’s history fires have often played havoc with the lives and livelihoods of local residents. In today’s column, we will look at some of the significant fires in Minden’s long history.
Soon after Minden was organized as a town in 1854, a local fire company was established. Records show that in November 1857, there were “fourteen ladders and thirty buckets” ordered to be purchased for the Hook and Ladder Company. Despite the presence of a fire fighting company in the community, over the next 60 years fires would occur with startling regularity in the business area of Minden.
In September 1860,