Rediscovered Photos of the 1921 Wildersville Fire

A photo of the destruction from the fire in Wildersville, Tennessee that occurred in 1921.
Photo Submitted / The Lexington Progress

Article by W. Clay Crook-

By 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of May 13, 1921 telephone lines and wire communication with the N.C. & St. Louis Railway ended in Wildersville as the telephone exchange and depot succumbed to a fire that raged in the downtown business district.

Mike Tate, a local historian for Wildersville and Pleasant Exchange, has rediscovered several original photographs of the devastation that may not have been seen for many decades. Wildersville was then a town of over 800 people with a business district of over two dozen buildings, many of them brick. It was a serious business rival of…

For complete coverage, see the February 17th edition of The Lexington Progress.

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