The Consummate Collector
I was just reading an article in the Harpers Weekly about the great Colt factory fire. The buildings destroyed were the front main building, 500 feet long by 60 feet wide, and three stories in height. This main building contained the most expensive guns and pistol machinery, and employed 800 workman. Nearly everything movable was saved, including several thousand dollars worth of stock, and pistols packed for shipment. The loss from the fire was estimated at over one million dollars. The article stated that it would take two years to rebuild.