THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Diggers Show To Film In Peshtigo Week Of Oct. 5
Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Crews filming an episode or episodes of the Diggers TV show will be in Peshtigo the week of Oct. 5, Mayor Cathi Malke reported to Peshtigo City Council at the conclusion of its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2. The film crews will miss the Historical Days celebration on Saturday, Sept. 27, but Malke is pleased they will be filming during the anniversary week of the tornado of fire that destroyed Peshtigo and half a million surrounding acres on Oct. 8, 1871.
The Diggers will be searching for items of historical interest, particularly buried items that may have survived the fire that took 1,200 to 2,400 lives in Peshtigo, almost totally destroyed the city, and reduced the great forests that surrounded it to a smoldering wasteland before it was extinguished by rains that ended a summer-long drought one day too late.
The City of Peshtigo grew again from the ashes of the fire, but the Peshtigo Harbor area, which had been a thriving Great Lakes shipping port, never did. The mighty timber that had been the areas primary product was almost entirely gone.
Malke said the Diggers people are getting shirts printed to read, Peshtigos Great Fire Dig, and they will be available for sale to the public.
She said there will be a community celebration of some sort, perhaps a picnic, while the TV crews are in the city. The Diggers show is aired nationwide on the National Geographic television channel on Friday nights, generally at 9 p.m., but occasionally with several episodes on a single evening.
The TV crew of 10 to 12 people, including an archaeologist, is expected to stay in the area for seven to eight days, searching, digging and filming.