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The worst fire in New Bern's history occurred on December 1, 1922. A fire that broke out in a private residence spread, destroying 35 to 40 blocks and 600 buildings. Three thousand people were homeless, and costs were in the millions.
The window, located on the roof of the William B. Blades House, offered an extensive look into history. It had a bird’s eye view of the Great Fire of 1922, trio of hurricanes, Tryon Palace’s construction, the Bicentennial celebration, and election of the town’s first black mayor. Nationally famous figures referenced by this poem’s fifth grade author included Babe Ruth, President Harry S. Truman, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.