The Way It Was: The 1982 Garment Factory fire

This fire scene from 35 years ago, captured by Tribune photographer William Lizdas, shows the Jan. 14, 1982, blaze that badly damaged a La Crosse Garment Co. building at the southwest corner of Eighth and Adams streets. Erected in 1887 for the Salzer Seed Co., this building no longer exists and its former site is now occupied by a one-story Salzer Square apartment building. Anyone with more information about this photo or wishing to donate photos of the Coulee Region may contact the La Crosse Public Library Archives at 608-789-7136.

This fire scene from 35 years ago, captured by Tribune photographer William Lizdas, shows the Jan. 14, 1982, blaze that badly damaged a La Crosse Garment Co. building at the southwest corner of Eighth and Adams streets. Erected in 1887 for the Salzer Seed Co., this building no longer exists and its former site is occupied by a one-story Salzer Square apartment building. Anyone with more information about this photo or wishing to donate photos of the Coulee Region may contact the La Crosse Public Library Archives at 608-789-7136.

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Emily Pyrek covers human interest stories, local events and anything involving dogs for the La Crosse Tribune. She is always interested in story ideas and can be contacted at emily.pyrek@lee.net.

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