Finding Fires - Trumansburg

Walk, bike, rollerblade, or roll your way through seven historic fire locations. in the Village of Trumansburg

Finding Fires - Trumansburg

Trumansburg, New York 14886, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage

Tour Information

On this tour, wander your way through the community of Trumansburg.

Walk, bike, rollerblade, or roll your way through seven historic fire locations. Consider the toll of the Great Fires of 1864 and 1871 on the young community of Trumansburg; and marvel at the tale of woe wound up in mythos of the Arson-Murder on Podunk Rd.

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Estimated total distance traveled: 3.52 miles

Elevation: Mostly flat, not all roads have sidewalks.

Intended to be a biking or walking tour.

Cycling Trail: Trumansburg Trail (3.52 mi) - (Trumansburg Strava File)

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What You'll See on the Tour

Date: June 25, 1922 Location: 2 West Main Street, Trumansburg Early in the morning of June 25th, Anna Quinn woke in her apartment in the Opera House Block to a loud crackling sound. When she went to her window, she saw a wall of flames engu... Read more
Date: February 22, 1864 Early in the morning of February 22nd, 1864, a young man named Florence Donahue was returning to his home after being granted furlough from the Union Army. As he crossed over the bridge, he noticed a light reflecting... Read more
Dates: November 4, 1909, and December 31, 1987 The Page Block was one of the oldest buildings in Trumansburg, constructed sometime in the mid 1800’s. It hosted numerous business, apartments, and the Post Office. On November 4th, 1909, the... Read more
Date: February 17, 1892 Late one night in January Fredd Biggs spotted flames through the windows of the Academy, as it was called. He immediately went to start the engine in the firehouse, and along the way ran into Colonel Durling, who set... Read more
Date: March 17, 1888 Podunk, despite its reputation as a “podunk” little town or a “sleepy hamlet,” did not escape its own story of flame and drama. Milt Cuffman, Podunk resident and honorary “mayor,” recounted the tale of Rich... Read more
Date: November 10, 1968 Location: 100 Whig Street, Trumansburg Early on a Sunday morning, three managers of the high school football team arrived at the school to store equipment for the winter. Upon arrival, they spotted thick black smoke... Read more
Date: May 22, 1871 The Great Fire of 1871 had a smaller square footage than the fire of 1864, but was more destructive. It burned down 11 buildings in total, including the Washington House. Further damaged impacted buildings down Main Stre... Read more


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