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St. Louis Great Fire of 1849
May 9, 1880: James G. Barry died on this date. The poor guy was mayor of St. Louis through the Great Fire of 1849 and at the beginning of the Cholera Epidemic.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.