BELFAST — “Forged by Fire, The Creation of Bay View Street Following the 1873 Conflagration” is the topic for the Belfast Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 27, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library.

Megan Pinette, historical society president, will present the creation of Bay View Street in response to the massive fire of Aug. 24, 1873. The fire swept the waterfront, pushed southward by strong north winds, until it destroyed 53 dwellings and 33 commercial properties.

In response to the displacement of so many families, the city laid out Bay View Street. Within a year, 16 new houses were constructed.

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