Butte Historical Memorials Group
The Butte Silver Bow Fire department has granted a local non profit group permission to use a portion of the corner lot at Fire Station No.1 to construct a memorial to those killed in the Kenyon Connell fire of 1895. The plot of land, situated at the northeast corner of Idaho and Mercury streets, will one day be home to a new monument that tells the story of the 57 citizens and 13 firefighters who died in three explosions on January 15th, 1895.
Jim McCarthy is a board member with the Butte Historical Memorials Group, which is planning the monument.
What now stands at the corner at the fire station is just a preview of what’s to come, and Jim says that the story of the Kenyon Connell fire has received some attention over the years.
Judy Chadwick is also a member of the Butte Historical Memorials Group, and says the decision to put the memorial at the fire station was encouraged by Jeff Miller, Director of Fire Services for Butte-Silver Bow.
Jeff Miller says the group has been working hard to make this monument a reality, and has received some support along the way so far.
Miller says the Kenyon-Connell disaster of 1985 had a big influence on firefighter’s jobs, as well as the way business was done in Butte after that point.
Here, Jeff Miller briefly describes the events of that fateful day in 1895.
For more information on the Butte Historical Memorials Group and their efforts to erect a monument in honor of the Kenyon-Connell disaster, you can reach Jim McCarthy at 782-1960, or by mail at PO Box 4954 in Butte.
For KBMF, I’m Clark Grant.