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The 1935 Fire and its Aftermath
 


The fire of April 25-26, 1935, destroyed the Capitol Building and was visible for a long distance.  The ruins of the old Capitol Building dramatically demonstrate the fire's intensity.

Publications

Oregon Magazine Salem, Or. : Murray Wade, October 1935
 

Photos - Capitol Fire

Oregon Capitol fire, crowds on grounds watching, April 25-26, 1935.Oregon Capitol fire, firefighters spraying water, April 25-26, 1935.Oregon Capitol fire, firehoses visible in foreground, April 25-26, 1935.Oregon Capitol fire, fire engine in foreground, April 25-26, 1935.Oregon Capitol fire, April 25-26, 1935.Oregon Capitol fire, night, from downtown Salem, April 25-26, 1935.Oregon Capitol fire, night, April 25-26, 1935.Oregon Capitol fire, night, view of dome and portico, April 25-26, 1935.
 
 
 

 
 
Oregon Capitol fire, night, dome in flames, April 25-26, 1935.Oregon Capitol fire, night, from downtown Salem, April 25-26, 1935.
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Photos - Capitol Ruins

After the Oregon Capitol fire, figures standing by fallen column, 1935.After the Oregon Capitol fire, ruins, trucks in foreground, 1935.After the Oregon Capitol fire, view from the air on the ruins, 1935.After the Oregon Capitol fire, fallen dome ruins, 1935.






After the Oregon Capitol fire, ruins with sign, "Last Pinnacle, Oregon State Capitol, 1935."After the Oregon Capitol fire, interior ruins, 1935.After the Capitol fire, 1935. Six columns still standing, but roof and dome completely gone.After the Capitol fire, 1935. View into interior filled with debris.







After the Capitol fire, 1935. Outside wall of gutted Capitol.Ruined walls of Capitol after 1935 fire. Rubble in the  foreground.





Articles

State Capitol Total Fire Loss  Capitol Journal, April 26, 1935

Fire Destroys Capitol  Oregon Statesman, April 26, 1935

The Day the Capitol Burned Down  Capitol Journal, April 26, 1975