Philadelphia Timeline, 1864
- March 1. Ringing of State House bell for ordinary fires forbidden by Mayor Henry.
- March 5. Old Fish Market at foot of Market Street vacated.
- March 27. Destructive fire at Ninth and Wallace Streets.
- April 20. Grant's candle factory, Fifteenth Ward, burned. Loss, $75,000.
- April 25. Boiler explosion, Cornelius & Baker's chandelier factory, Cherry Street above Eighth. Several killed and injured.
- May 19. Coal Oil Refinery, Twenty-third and Arch Streets, burned.
- May 24. Destructive fire, Twelfth and Willow Streets.
- June 7. Opening of Great Central Fair, Logan Square. Receipts of Fair, over $1,000,000.
- July 22. Simon's Wagon Works, Second and Huntingdon Streets, entirely destroyed by incendiary fire.
- August 12. Grand reception Baxter's Fire Zouaves (72d Pennsylvania Volunteers).
- September 24 Fall of iron rafters at the new depot, Philadelphia and Erie Railroad, Market and Sixteenth Streets; several persons killed, others injured.
- Large unfinished building at northwest corner of Eighth and Vine Streets, falls down.
- November 20. Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, Logan Square, consecrated.
- December 26. Serious riots among coal heavers, Port Richmond.
Excerpted from "Happenings in ye Olde Philadelphia 1680-1900" by Rudolph J. Walther, 1925, Walther Printing House, Philadelphia, PA