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Docema produced this map showing the denisty of fire hydrants in downtown Boston ca. 1872 and also highlights the area of the Great Fire of 1872. As noted in the commissioner's report the area where the fire raged out of control had far fewer fire hydrants than needed. Boston had neglected to install more hydrants in this area while it had rapidly changed from a low-density residential district into a sprawling commerical during the 1860's.

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