Fall River, MA has been described as “a city built to burn.” In this episode Dr. Stefani Koorey takes the listener through the major conflagrations that destroyed large swathes of Fall River throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. This episode also takes the Lizzie Borden Podcast on its first detour away from Lizzie Borden’s personal story, however it remains in Lizzie Borden’s city of Fall River, which has its own richly textured and fascinating history. Fall River’s nineteenth century textile boom brought with it a series of fiery disasters. The Big Fire of 1843 left more than one thousand people homeless and destroyed two hundred buildings, as well as more than twenty acres of land. After the Steiger Store Fire of 1916, mill owners pressured the city to replace its horse-drawn brigades with more modern fire engines. The intense heat from the Kerr Mill Thread Fire of 1987 melted hoses as first responders battled the blaze. Author Stefani Koorey chronicles these and other historic infernos of the Spindle City and celebrates the community’s resilience in the face of adversity. Click here to listen.
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Praise for The Minuscule Monk: “Richard Behrens has crafted a perfectly plausible, yet utterly fantastical story of Lizzie Borden as a girl detective. I so much enjoy everything written by Richard and am amazed at his use of language and description to make a period in time come alive. This book is more complex than his last (Lizzie Borden Girl Detective), but works so well to keep the reader interested and wondering what will befall our heroine next. I loved this book!” Stefani Koorey, Editor of The Literary Hatchet, editor of Mondo Lizzie Borden, and author of Fall River Revisited, Massachusetts (Images of America Series).