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DEDICATE MONUMENT—Over 200 people attended the dedication ceremony of the Peshtigo Fire Monument at the bridge on Monday evening, Oct. 8. The ceremony started at the Peshtigo Fire Museum with the ringing of the bell by Bob Couvillion, local historian. Margaret Wood gave a short talk on the Peshtigo Fire of Oct. 8, 1871, 141 years ago. After the talk, those in attendance walked the two blocks to the bridge to dedicate the Monument. Top left photo: Margaret Wood speaks on the Peshtigo Fire. Speakers at the Monument dedication included Mayor Al Krizenesky, right, and Steven Noel, left, retired from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation who was the development supervisor and monument designer.

Large Crowd Attends Fire Monument Event

Despite cold weather, winds and rain, over 200 people attended the dedication of the new Peshtigo Fire Memorial Monument on Monday evening, Oct. 8. It was on Oct. 8, 1871 that America’s most disastrous forest fire destroyed the City of Peshtigo and a large vicinity around it.

The monument, located at the site of the new bridge, was dedicated to those who died in the fire and the survivors who rebuilt the city to become known as “The City Reborn From Ashes of America’s Most Disastrous Forest Fire”.

The over 200 persons present walked the two blocks from the Fire Museum on Oconto Ave. with glow sticks and candles to the bridge. At the museum the bell was rung in memory of those who perished and also to those who survived the fire.

Also participating were the Peshtigo High School Band, museum officials, Pastor Jean Waldron of the Peshtigo and Harmony Methodist Churches, Pat Roland, President of the Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Al Krizenesky and Steven Noel who was the development supervisor and monument designer. He is now retired from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

A dessert lunch of cake and coffee was served after the festivities at the Peshtigo Municipal Building for all those attending.


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