1910 Lake Charles Fire

On April 23, 1910, a fire destroyed a large section of downtown Lake Charles and caused almost a $1,000,000.00 in property damage. The fire started behind some buildings on Ryan street while someone was burning trash on a very windy day. The fire burned for over four hours and burned more than 100 commercial buildings including resisdences, Lake Charles City Hall, Calcasieu Parish Court House and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The Lake Charles City Hall, Calcasieu Parish Court House and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was soon rebuilt and still stand today.



The Great Fire of Lake Charles, Louisiana – April 23, 1910 – Calcasieu Parish
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(1910 fire) Lake Charles, LA
Undated about 1910 – Unknown Publisher – Divided Back
AZO Real Photo Post Card


Fire of April 23, 10
(Home of John Storer) Lake Charles, LA
Undated about 1910 – Published by Miller Portrait Co. – Divided Back
Handwritten on back of postcard: “Home of John Storer, 1046 Commercial (now Common Street).”


Center Burned District
Center Burned District Lake Charles, LA
Undated about 1910 – Published by Noyes T. H. Imp – Divided Back
AZO Real Photo Post Card


S. E. Cor Burned District
S. E. Cor Burned District Lake Charles, LA
Undated about 1910 – Published by Noyes T. H. Imp – Divided Back
AZO Real Photo Post Card


General View Fire of April 23, 10
General View Fire of April 23, 10 Lake Charles, LA
Undated about 1910 – Published by Noyes T. H. Imp. – Divided Back
AZO Real Photo Post Card


Kirby Street
Kirby Street Before and After the Fire April 23, 1910 Lake Charles, LA
Undated about 1910 – Published by Miller Portrait Co. – Divided Back
CYKO Real Photo Post Card

The following pages are additional photographs of the “Great 1910 Fire in Lake Charles, Louisiana.” These photo’s are from the Special Collections Department at McNeese State University. These photo could have been Post cards and most were probably taken by Isaac Murrey, early Lake Charles photographer.
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Interested in viewing additional Historic Photographs of Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana? Then check out the approximately 5,000 photographs held by the Archives and Special Collections Department at McNeese State University.
Historic Photographs of Southwest Louisiana