Great Fire of 1849

David T. Smith (L) makes a presentation during a ceremony for St. Louis Fire Captain Thomas B. Targee while St. Louis Fire Chief Jennis Jenkerson stands near in St. Louis on December 10, 2011. Captain Targee is credited for saving the City of St. Louis during the Great Fire of 1849 in St. Louis. Most of the city was burned after a fire on the steamboat White Cloud spread to other boats and eventually to the buildings on  shore. Targee used explosives to level buildings to create a fire break, eventually dying in the fire. David Smith of Dallas is the great, great, great grandson of Targee. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis Fire Department celebrates Great Fire of 1849 David T. Smith (L) makes a presentation during a ceremony for St. Louis Fire Captain Thomas B. Targee while St. Louis Fire Chief Jennis Jenkerson stands near in St. Louis on December 10, 2011. Captain Targee is credited for saving the City of St. Louis during the Great Fire of 1849 in St. Louis. Most of the city was burned after a fire on the steamboat White Cloud spread to other boats and eventually to the buildings on shore. Targee used explosives to level buildings to create a fire break, eventually dying in the fire. David Smith of Dallas is the great, great, great grandson of Targee. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson speaks during a special ceremony to St. Louis Fire Captain Thomas B. Targee whose painting hangs on the wall at St. Louis Fire Department Headquarters in St. Louis on December 10, 2011. Captain Targee is credited for saving the City of St. Louis during the Great Fire of 1849 in St. Louis. Most of the city was burned after a fire on the steamboat White Cloud spread to other boats and eventually to the buildings on  shore. Targee used explosives to level buildings to create a fire break, eventually dying in the fire. David Smith of Dallas is the great, great, great grandson of Targee while Richard Smith is the great, great grandson of the captain. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis Fire Department celebrates Great Fire of 1849 St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson speaks during a special ceremony to St. Louis Fire Captain Thomas B. Targee whose painting hangs on the wall at St. Louis Fire Department Headquarters in St. Louis on December 10, 2011. Captain Targee is credited for saving the City of St. Louis during the Great Fire of 1849 in St. Louis. Most of the city was burned after a fire on the steamboat White Cloud spread to other boats and eventually to the buildings on shore. Targee used explosives to level buildings to create a fire break, eventually dying in the fire. David Smith of Dallas is the great, great, great grandson of Targee while Richard Smith is the great, great grandson of the captain. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
David T. Smith (L) shakes hands with his father Richard T. Smith as a photograph of St. Louis Fire Captain Thomas B. Targee hangs on the wall during a special tribute to CaptainTargee at St. Louis Fire Department Headquarters in St. Louis on December 10, 2011. Captain Targee is credited for saving the City of St. Louis during the Great Fire of 1849 in St. Louis. Most of the city was burned after a fire on the steamboat White Cloud spread to other boats and eventually to the buildings on  shore. Targee used explosives to level buildings to create a fire break, eventually dying in the fire. David Smith of Dallas is the great, great, great grandson of Targee while Richard Smith is the great, great grandson of the captain. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
St. Louis Fire Department celebrates Great Fire of 1849 David T. Smith (L) shakes hands with his father Richard T. Smith as a photograph of St. Louis Fire Captain Thomas B. Targee hangs on the wall during a special tribute to CaptainTargee at St. Louis Fire Department Headquarters in St. Louis on December 10, 2011. Captain Targee is credited for saving the City of St. Louis during the Great Fire of 1849 in St. Louis. Most of the city was burned after a fire on the steamboat White Cloud spread to other boats and eventually to the buildings on shore. Targee used explosives to level buildings to create a fire break, eventually dying in the fire. David Smith of Dallas is the great, great, great grandson of Targee while Richard Smith is the great, great grandson of the captain. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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