Disaster Tales

Peshtigo Fires

May 15, 2019

On October 8th, 1871, the same day as the Great Chicago Fire, the nation's most deadly wildfire raged through eastern Wisconsin.  The Peshtigo Fire killed an estimated 2,000 Americans.  It left a permanent mark on the Midwest.  (IMPORTANT CORRECTION:  Per listener Neil Miller, Door county is in Wisconsin, not Michigan. Thank you, Neil!)