Jan, here's a recent photo from Mt. Zion Cemetery of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial.
Socialist Louis Waldman, later a New York state assemblyman, described the grim scene in his memoirs published in 1944:
One Saturday afternoon in March of that year  — March 25, to be precise — I was sitting at one of the reading tables in the old Astor Library... It was a raw, unpleasant day and the comfortable reading room seemed a delightful place to spend the remaining few hours until the library closed. I was deeply engrossed in my book when I became aware of fire engines racing past the building. By this time I was sufficiently Americanized to be fascinated by the sound of fire engines. Along with several others in the library, I ran out to see what was happening, and followed crowds of people to the scene of the fire.
The remainder waited until smoke and fire overcame them. The fire department arrived quickly but was unable to stop the flames, as there were no ladders available that could reach beyond the sixth floor. The fallen bodies and falling victims also made it difficult for the fire department to reach the building.
Although early references give the death toll as anywhere from 141 to 148, almost all modern references agree that 146 people died as a result of the fire. Six victims were never identified. Most victims died of burns, asphyxiation, blunt impact injuries, or a combination of the three.
It is often stated that most or all of the dead were women, but almost thirty of the victims were men. Eyewitnesses reported seeing men and women jumping out of the windows; the first jumper was a man, and another man was seen kissing a young woman at the window before they both jumped to their deaths.
The novel Triangle by Katharine Weber is not to be missed, Jan.
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