The History Center

Commemoration of the Douglas Starch Works Explosion and Encore Explosion Area Tour

Time: 6:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Jean Oxley Linn Co. Public Service Center 935 2nd St SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 ​

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Walking tour of Douglas Starch Works Explosion and Encore Explosion Area

Join The History Center on May 22nd at 6:00 PM to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Douglas Starch Works Explosion.
There will be a bell ringing and a reading of the names of all the workers who tragically lost their lives that day.
Following this event there will be an encore presentation of Douglas Company Explosion and South Kingston Walking Tour.
This event is free and open to the public. The walking tour following this event is $5 for History Center members and $7 for the general public.

On May 22, 1919 the Douglas & Co. Starch Works factory of Cedar Rapids exploded, causing the deaths of over 40 persons. This fascinating new walking tour looks at the immediate areas affected by this disaster 100 years later.
In addition, this tour includes the history of buildings and sites in the south end of the Kingston Village neighborhood. Highlights include the Mott and Chelsea buildings as well as the oldest surviving house from the old town of Kingston.