|Title||Fred's Place Fire Scene|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Photographer||Clark, Lloyd W.|
Black and white photograph mounted on gray mat. Three wooden buildings along a wooden boardwalk on a dirt street. Center building has sign reading, "Fred's Place," and is largely destroyed by fire. On the boardwalk 24 adult Caucasian men are posing, several holding the nozzle of a large hose. One man, identified as Harvey Penberthy, is standing beside a hose cart. The hose cart is at the right side of the frame on the street in front of the boardwalk next to broken wooden furniture. There is an electrical pole at the left of the frame in front of a building which looks unaffected by the fire, except possibly for a broken second floor window.
Fred Zbinden was the "Saloon Keeper" of the Fashion Saloon, a.k.a. "Fred's Place" from at least 1900-1910. The saloon was located on First Avenue in Kent and the location is now occupied by the Pacific National Bank's parking lot. The Kent Fire Department was established as an informal department under the direction of Fire Chief S. D. Miller in 1892. In 1900 fire hydrants were installed within the city and Kent's first major commercial fire destroyed Fred’s Saloon. Fred’s Saloon was a total loss but the neighboring buildings were spared thanks to the new hydrants.
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