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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Peshtigo Fire Museum:


The Peshtigo Fire Museum allows visitors a chance to relive the past with
its abundance of historical artifacts.


Trinkets and interesting objects of all kinds are housed in the church that
was converted into a museum in 1963
 


Museum visitors are able to leisurely walk through areas such as the
bedroom, school house and general store.
 
 


Mass grave of fire victims located at the Peshtigo Fire Museum.
 
 

Preserving History for Future Generations

After the roaring flames passed through Peshtigo, and the powerful winds died down, survivors of the 1871 blaze began putting the pieces of their lives back together. New buildings were constructed, victims were placed in their final resting places and any remains that could be salvaged were recovered from the rubble.

Although the town was completely destroyed, many items weathered the fire's intense flames, and now these artifacts are preserved in the Peshtigo Fire Museum. Within this former church building rest various articles such as watches, books, coins and aged photographs - all antique pieces that tell the city's history.

Nearby in the museum's cemetery lies a mass grave site where approximately 350 unidentified fire victims were laid to rest after the calamity. The site is marked by a stone monument and a metal plaque with an inscription that reads, "Mass grave of fire victims, Oct. 8, 1871." Other fire victims' graves dot the cemetery including those of Wilson Stitt, Charles Lawrence, Charles Lemke and many more. They each had a name, each loved their families and each lost their lives in the great conflagration that crimson night.

In 1997, the museum welcomed 13,739 visitors from 48 states and 26 foreign countries. Back in 1971 - the centennial of the Peshtigo Fire - approximately 30,000 individuals visited the museum and its cemetery. It is here where individuals can view a Bible that is believed to have been scorched in the great blaze. Also housed in the museum is the sacred tabernacle that Rev. Peter Pernin risked his life to save from the flames. Legend has it that when the tabernacle was found near the river, all was burned around it, but the tabernacle itself was amazingly unharmed.

The Peshtigo Fire Museum is located in the heart of Peshtigo and is open Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 8. Helpful guides are always available for tours and to answer any questions. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

To learn more about the Peshtigo Fire Museum and Peshtigo's history, order your copy of Remembering the Peshtigo Fire today.

©1998 Peshtigo Times. All Rights Reserved

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