66 years later MDI’s ‘Great Fire of ’47′ remembered in BDN images

Posted Oct. 23, 2013, at 6:29 a.m.
This modest set of buildings, owned by R. E. Whitcomb of Hulls Cove and unoccupied temporarily, burned furiously yesterday as sparks from the woods blaze ignited the roof. The stand was reduced to ashes within a few minutes because of the high wind.
BDN File Photo by Spike Webb, colorized by Brian Feulner.
This modest set of buildings, owned by R. E. Whitcomb of Hulls Cove and unoccupied temporarily, burned furiously yesterday as sparks from the woods blaze ignited the roof. The stand was reduced to ashes within a few minutes because of the high wind.
Fires were still raging on Mount Desert Island Saturday, particularly along a front in the Salisbury Cove sector. Above volunteers carry out furniture from the Mountain View Cabins.
Bangor Daily News File Photo by Spike Webb, colorized by Brian Feulner
Fires were still raging on Mount Desert Island Saturday, particularly along a front in the Salisbury Cove sector. Above volunteers carry out furniture from the Mountain View Cabins.
The pile of ashes and the lone chimney in the foreground are all that remains of the Malvern Hotel, one of Bar Harbor's better known summer gathering places. From its windows could be seen other of the city's show places, but yesterday each shared with the other the desolation that the fire had wrought.
BDN File Photo by Spike Webb, colorized by Brian Feulner
The pile of ashes and the lone chimney in the foreground are all that remains of the Malvern Hotel, one of Bar Harbor's better known summer gathering places. From its windows could be seen other of the city's show places, but yesterday each shared with the other the desolation that the fire had wrought.
Hardly had Bar Harbor survived being badly wounded by Friday's raging forest fire, when a new fire broke out in another section of Mount Desert Island and late Friday was sweeping toward Seal Harbor.
BDN File Photo colorized by Brian Feulner
Hardly had Bar Harbor survived being badly wounded by Friday's raging forest fire, when a new fire broke out in another section of Mount Desert Island and late Friday was sweeping toward Seal Harbor.
This scene is in the woods in the Norway Drive section of Mount Desert Island and shows men armed with Indian tanks trying to cut off the raging flames. Note high dry grass and a fir tree bursting into flames in the background.
BDN File Photo by Spike Webb, colorized by Eric Zelz
This scene is in the woods in the Norway Drive section of Mount Desert Island and shows men armed with Indian tanks trying to cut off the raging flames. Note high dry grass and a fir tree bursting into flames in the background.

Images from the October 1947 Bar Harbor fire were resurrected from the archives this year with a twist. BDN visuals editor Brian Feulner and graphics editor Eric Zelz took five archived black and white photos, mostly from Bangor Daily News photographer Spike Webb, and added color. The images show the devastation, size and effect of the fire on the communities of Mount Desert Island. As a tribute to Webb, Feulner and Zelz attempted to bring back some color and life to photos that reflect Maine’s rich and at sometimes difficult past.

To view Eric Zelz’s full-page graphic, visit http://bdn.to/bhfire.

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