warm September night in 1886, the course of history would
change the downtown district of DeLand forever. They believe
it all started in the Wilcox Saloon, a typical establishment
with sawdust on the floor where you could have a glass of
whiskey and a cigar. The downtown area of DeLand at this
time was mostly composed of wood frame buildings.
night, someone enjoying a nice cigar and a glass of whiskey
probably didn't put out the cigar all the way and an ember
ignited the sawdust on the floor. The Wilcox Saloon went
up like roman candle, setting aflame the entire 100 block
of Woodland Boulevard. At 2:00 in the morning the citizens
of DeLand discovered that the downtown area was on fire.
The community came together to protect the buildings to
the north and south of the fire area. In two hours the five
had burned itself out.