Bernie Bierman rubbed his smoke-reddened eyes and managed a grin of relief.

It was just after 4 a.m. on Sept. 24, 1936, and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football coach was standing across the street from the Florence Hotel in downtown Missoula as it went up in flames.

Bierman was out his watch, hat, shaving kit and key ring, all left back upstairs in his haste to escape.
– PUB DATE: 9/14/2020 12:00:00 AM – SOURCE: Missoulian
Source: SEAFC National Fire News

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