In 1901, a devastating fire laid to waste six business blocks and 38 nearby residences in the center of the village. But like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, the determined community rebuilt their village, and not surprisingly, this time it was virtually fireproof.
The brick and mortar buildings from that era still stand as a testament to their efforts. Over the years, the village has continued to paint their beloved downtown with brick, iron and works of art, but in the panache of their namesake. Today, the downtown looks and feels like an early 20th century Euro-American community.