Peshtigo Fire

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  • In the 1830´s-1840´s people were attracted to the fertile soil for farming.
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  • There were about 200,000 people living in Wisconsin in 1848.
  • Then on October 8, 1871 a terrible disaster struck. It is known as the Peshtigo Fire. It was one of the deadliest fires in Wisconsin.
  • Houses, trees, property, crops and belongings were being burned in the 2000 degree fire.
  • The terrible fire left people homeless and hungry. The fire also killed family, friends, houses and crops. 
  • The Peshtigo Fire played such a role in Wisconsin´s history that they mad a museum for it.
  • Peshtigo Fire museum
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